Energy & climate change

The climate crisis represents the single greatest challenge humankind faces today. The level of evidence-based, scientific consensus is such that the focus for society must be to urgently mitigate climate change and adapt to its current and future impacts.

All parts of society must contribute to reducing carbon emissions to meet climate change mitigation targets. Yet decarbonisation of the power sector is crucial to economy-wide decarbonisation. The transformation of energy systems must accelerate the uptake of low carbon technologies and reduce global reliance on fossil fuels.

Adaptation is essential to complement efforts at mitigation. Resilience measures must be implemented by all aspects of society and economies. The benefits of working more closely with nature rather than depleting the services it can provide, and achieving multiple benefits to combat the risks from heat and water stress, storms and flooding will also need to be prioritised.

CIWEM’s work in this area includes climate change mitigation, adaptation and resilience, electricity generation including from renewables, energy efficiency, the water-energy nexus and unconventional sources of energy including shale gas (fracking).


Networks and Groups working in relation to energy and climate change are:

Energy Network Climate Change Network
Rivers and Coastal Group


Read our in-depth reports:

Cuadrilla rig -web Shale Gas and Water 2016

Shale Gas and Water 2016 Summary report

treatmentplant A Blueprint for carbon emissions reductions in the water industry
Green infrastructure Multi-functional Green Infrastructure watering plants - Copy Water efficiency in the home
bicycles2 web The case for action by the Active Transport for healthy living coalition


Policy Position Statements are available on the following related subjects:

Climate Change Climate Change Adaptation
Climate change and water resources in the UK Waste Management and Climate Change
Managing drought in the UK Combating global deforestation
Hydraulic fracturing of Shale in the UK Energy Recovery from Waste
Population and consumption Aviation
Active transport