European Commission: New technical guidance on climate-proofing infrastructure published

The European Commission has published a new technical guidance on climate-proofing of infrastructure projects for the period 2021-2027. This document aims at providing climate considerations in future investment and development of infrastructure projects from buildings, network infrastructure to a range of built systems and assets. 

“That way, institutional and private European investors will be able to make informed decisions on projects deemed compatible with the Paris Agreement and the EU climate objectives”, explains the Commission’s communication. 

Developers seeking funding from the EU are required to ensure projects like roads, railways and power plants in the Member States can cope with extreme weather events.  

In its guide, the Commission differentiates between two levels: mitigation and adaptation; and two phases of work: screening and detailed analysis. The developers should then assess potential climate-related risks for their projects based on national or regional climate change projections data. 

The Commission explains that if significant risks are identified, the project should be redesigned to reduce them, improve their adaptation and create emergency response systems.  

An essential condition would be that any project’s expected greenhouse gas emissions are compatible with the EU climate goals, including the target to reach net zero emissions by 2050. 

These guidelines will make it easier for companies and institutions to fulfils requirements set out in the legislation for several EU funds such as InvestEU, Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), Cohesion Fund (CF) and the Just Transition Fund (JTF).  

For more information   

Guidance on climate-proofing infrastructure here


Source: European Commission 


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