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Thematic cluster: Climate Proofing

Subthemes

  1. New European Commission Technical guidance on climate the proofing of infrastructure in the period 2021-2027 and its connection to EIA and SEA
  2. Climate data availability and quality
  3. Uncertainty and"no-regret" option
  4. Climate resilience and neutrality of projects

Possible thematic challenges

  • How can we get quality data for the relevant climate change scenarios? What are the experiences with the use of local meteorological and climate measurements and models?
  • How is climate change interacting with other issues assessed in the EIA and SEA (e.g. biodiversity objectives, water management objectives)?
  • How do we approach uncertainty and promote no-regret or low-regret options that work sufficiently well during the future climate variability? What can we learn from natural and industrial hazard assessment and safety analyses?
  • What are the challenges in choosing appropriate methodology for assessment of climate change impact on projects, plans and strategies? What are the similarities and differences between climate resilience proofing and consideration of climate change in EIA and SEA processes? What are the opportunities for coordinated processes?
  • What are good practice examples in calculating GHG emissions (e.g. consideration of direct and indirect emissions and defining correct scope of such calculations, considering relative/absolute emissions, approaches based on life-cycle analyses etc.)? What practical approaches that could be used for neutrality proofing based on the recent European Commission technical guidance on the climate proofing of infrastructure in the period 2021-2027?
  • How to approach carbon neutrality proofing of interventions that generally tend to increase GHG emissions – e.g. transport infrastructure, proposals for the utilisation of natural gas, etc.
  • Should EIA processes disclose the predicted external costs of carbon emissions associated with the proposed developments?
  • What are the main opportunities for an effective coordination of SEA with the forthcoming climate resilience proofing and climate neutrality proofing of EU-funded projects (based on the recent European Commission technical guidance on the climate proofing of infrastructure in the period 2021-2027)?