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Resilient Pipes & Wires

Project Overview

Almost 90 percent of Canadian natural gas, thermal and electric utility distributors have been significantly impacted by a weather event in the past decade. Despite concerns that climate-related events like high winds, heavy rains, ice storms, extended extreme cold weather, heat waves and storm surges are threatening the reliability and resiliency of Canadian energy distribution services, there remains limited documentation related to the level of awareness of climate change adaptation and the types of adaptation measures being pursued by the distribution sector. Resilient Pipes and Wires focused on documenting how energy distribution companies are adapting to climate change and assessing the role of policymakers and regulators in improving the resilience of energy distribution systems across Canada. This project was completed in 2015.

Key Objectives of the Project

The objectives of the Resilient Pipes and Wires initiative were to:

  • Assess the level of climate adaptation awareness and measures within the Canadian energy distribution sector
  • Document the state and scope of climate adaptation awareness and measures
  • Identify issues associated with these measures
  • Outline the drivers and barriers for taking measures
  • Identify the policies relevant to climate adaptation measures in the Canadian energy distribution sector
  • Document how these policies were acting as drivers or barriers
  • Recommend measures to address barriers and leverage drivers

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