September 8, 2015

Upcoming Webinar: Climate Change and the Energy Sector

Natural Resources Canada’s (NRCan) ADAPTATION PLATFORM is pleased to offer the following webinar:

Assessing Climate Change Risks to Build a Resilient Energy Sector:
Project Results from Toronto’s Distribution Infrastructure, Ontario’s Transmission System and the Oil & Gas Sector in Northeastern British Columbia.
Thursday, September 17, 2:00 – 3:30 pm ET


Download the Poster (English and French versions)

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Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment

  • Kevin Behan, Deputy Director, Clean Air PartnershipENERGY_WEBINAR_THUMBNAIL_1
  • Chee Chan, Urban Planner and Adaptation Specialist, AECOM

This study evaluates the vulnerability of Toronto Hydro’s electrical distribution system to a changing climate by employing Engineers Canada’s PIEVC Protocol. A high level screening analysis is used to determine infrastructure vulnerabilities, suggest potential adaptation measures, and identify areas requiring further research. This assessment covers the period 2015-2050 and includes 20 climate parameters, including high temperature, heavy rainfall, snowfall, freezing rain, high winds and lightning.

Assessing Climate Change Vulnerability in Ontario’s Electrical Transmission Sector

  • Joel Nodelman, President and CEO, Nodelcorp Consulting Inc.ENERGY_WEBINAR_THUMBNAIL_2
  • Simon Eng, Analyst, Risk Sciences International
  • Ian McVey, Project Manager, Ontario Climate Consortium/Toronto and Region Conservation

This study aims to (1) identify risks to the electrical transmission system in Ontario that may result from changing climate patterns and extreme weather, (2) build capacity for climate adaptation planning within the electricity sector, and (3) apply a process that could serve as a foundation for future climate adaptation studies in the electricity sector and beyond. The study evaluated climate on a time horizon of 35 years (2015-2050) and considers various parameters.

Climate Risk Assessment for the Oil & Gas Sector in Northeastern British Columbia

  • Ian Picketts, Physical Sciences Tutor, Quest UniversityENERGY_WEBINAR_THUMBNAIL3
  • Jim Vanderwal, Senior Manager, Fraser Basin Council

This project assesses the impacts and risks of climate change for the oil and gas sector in northeastern British Columbia. Targeted climate projections have been developed, taking into account relevant climate parameters for the oil and gas industry and the region. Key climate risk issues identified include water supply, flooding, landslides, forest fires, and shifts in species distributions. The project also engages stakeholders in consultation activities and identifies recommendations toward adaptation.



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