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:
|Shale Gas and Water 2016||A Blueprint for carbon emissions reductions in the water industry|
|Multi-functional Green Infrastructure||Water efficiency in the home|
|The case for action by the Active Transport for healthy living coalition|
Policy Position Statements are available on the following related subjects: