director ! thomas dworak
policy experts ! nikolaus fleischmann ! magdalena rogger ! linda romanovska ! guido schmidt !
event managers ! christine matauschek ! michaela matauschek
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Events | Climate change adaptation and standards in the European transport sector (18.6.2012) |

Start: 2012-06-18 13:00:00
End: 2012-06-18 16:30:00
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Introduction and Background

Adaptation is a dynamic process and requires multiple iterations, either in response to new or improved information (e.g. better climate modelling, improved decision-making frameworks) or as the result of learning from other regions or partners elsewhere in Europe and beyond. The European Commission is currently in the process of developing an EU Adaptation Strategy with the general aim to enhance the preparedness and capacity to respond to the impacts of climatic change of the EU, its Member States and regions, down to the local level. Stakeholder consultation will be a key element in order to support a strategic approach to the national implementation of climate change adaptation actions and to facilitate the exchange between Member States.

The development of the EU Adaptation Strategy and the accompanying IA are supported by the DG CLIMA project “Support to the development of the EU-Strategy for adaptation to climate change (CLlMA.C.3/SER/2011/0026)”. This project is carried out by the Environment Agency Austria (EAA) together with Fresh Thoughts Consulting (FT), AEA Technology plc (AEA), Alterra, and FEEM Servizi Srl (FEEM).

The members of European transport and standardisation organisations and associations, such as CEN/CENELEC, The Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies (CER), European Union Road Federation (ERF), Inland Navigation Europe (INE), European Dredging Association (EuDA) and others were approached by the team in cooperation with relevant DGs of the European Commission in order to gain support to the strategy development work by sharing information on on-going developments of adaptation in transportation sector, insights of the practitioners and suggestions for EU level action. The specific aspect of interest is: if and how standardisation in transport sector can be a useful tool for enhancing the climate change resilience of European transport network. Further, any suggestions for policy interventions at EU or Member State level to support adaptation activities in the transport sector are welcome.

Please see the technical background note attached for more details on the potential approach to addressing the climate resilience of European infrastructure through standards.

Aims of the Workshop

The overall objective of this workshop is to mobilise the knowledge and experience of public and private actors in the transportation sector about employing industry standards for adaptation to climate change purposes.

The particular focus is to: