Fraser Basin Council


2015 — Fraser Basin Council

Natural gas development in Northeastern British Columbia is dependent on a number of climate-sensitive resources and infrastructure, such as water, pipelines, drilling pads and roads. The sector adjusts operations in response to changes in extreme weather and other factors; the challenge now is to make specific plans to adapt to future changes in climate.

This report explores climate change in Northeastern BC and the related impacts, risks, opportunities and next steps for the oil and gas industry, based on interviews and focus group sessions with those inside and outside the sector.

The report was prepared by the Fraser Basin Council, with support from Natural Resources Canada, Adaptation Platform, and from the BC Ministry of Environment, Climate Action Secretariat.

2016 - Braun, M. and Fournier, E. Report presented to Natural Resources Canada.

Weather and climate pose a constant threat to infrastructures and the delivery of sufficient and reliable energy to consumers and businesses. Over time, energy companies have built a considerable amount of expertise dealing with the variability of climate and its most extreme manifestations. Now climate change is shifting normal conditions and modifying the severity and frequency of extreme events. 

This report presents eleven case study examples of actions taken by forward-looking energy companies around the world to adapt their operations or infrastructures to the changing climate. These adaptations take many forms, including structural upgrades, update of forecasting and operating rules, changes in asset management practices, and cover different sectors such as thermal generators, electric transmission, energy demand and hydropower. Each case study is based on interviews with project leaders, scientists or managers who championed the initiative. 

Keywords: Canada, Energy

2017 - Canadian Electricity Association

The unavoidable impacts associated with climate change and weather extremes have the potential to adversely affect infrastructure, including electricity infrastructure. It is thus imperative that organizations in the business of generating electricity have the tools and resources they need to effectively anticipate, plan for, and respond to climate-related risks.

The purpose of this guidance document is to support the creation of practical, useful climate change adaptation management plans and to ensure a consistent approach across the sector. This risk-based framework will define the characteristics and key considerations of adaptation planning. It will take an approach similar to the International Organization for Standardization’s (ISO) management system standards by providing a framework that allows users to flesh out the details in a utility-specific manner.

November 3, 2015

One in a series of Canada's Adaptation Platform webinars, this session focuses on climate change risks and adaptation in the energy sector. FBC's Jim Vanderwal was one of the presenters.

Presentations are also available to dowload in addition to the videorecording: 

This backgrounder report examines climate change in Northeastern BC, with a focus on changes in temperature and precipitation. The report flags regional impacts of a changing climate and supports a discussion about different risks and opportunities associated with these changes. The report is part of a broader Northeastern BC Climate Risk Assessment. The assessment centres on three objectives: increasing awareness and understanding of potential impacts of climate change in Northeastern BC, identifying potential risks and opportunities for the oil and gas sector, and identifying gaps in information and resources available to support management and adaptation tools and techniques within the sector. The final assessment report will be available in late spring, 2015.

2014, Climate Central

There is a general scientific consensus that climate change will increase some forms of extreme weather. Increasing concentrations of atmospheric greenhouse gases is already believed to have increased the frequency and intensity of some severe weather. To better understand the electricity sector’s vulnerability to future climate change, this report examines the proportion of reported large-scale power outages that were caused by severe weather.

2012 – Lars Reese-Hansen, Marc Nelitz, and Eric Parkinson for BC Ministry of Environment

This paper discusses the underlying science, regulatory authority, evaluation procedures and management requirements supporting designation of Temperature-Sensitive Streams in BC. The objectives of this paper are to: 1) summarize the science and consider alternative sources of information/data for designation; 2) propose a candidate designation procedure and 3) present a proposal that can be used to solicit feedback from scientists on the defensibility of information requirements and managers on the feasibility of the procedure. The overall goal of this paper is to raise awareness and encourage support for designation of Temperature-Sensitive Streams in British Columbia, especially in light of the potential for increased thermal vulnerability due to climate change.

2012 – BC Hydro

As part of its climate change adaptation strategy, BC Hydro has undertaken internal studies and worked with some of the world’s leading scientists in climatology, glaciology and hydrology. This report explores climate change impacts on BC Hydro’s water supply and the seasonal timing of reservoir inflows, as well as what trends are emerging and what is projected for the future.

2012 — BC Hydro

Under its climate change adaptation strategy, BC Hydro has undertaken internal studies and worked with some of the world’s leading scientists in climatology, glaciology and hydrology to determine how climate change affects water supply and the seasonal timing of reservoir inflows, and what can be expected in future for the generation of hydro-electricity in British Columbia.

2014, Union of Concerned Scientists

This report explores the vulnerability of power plants and electricity infrastructure to the impacts of climate change, such as coastal floods, wildfires, intense precipitation and heatwaves. The report then makes suggestion about smart energy choices that will create an electricity system that is more resilience in the face of current changes, while reducing the long term damages and costs associated with a changing climate.

Keywords: Canada, Energy

About ReTooling for Climate Change

The ReTooling for Climate Change website is a project of the Fraser Basin Council to support local governments and First Nations in BC in preparing for climate change adaptation. The site is funded through the BC Regional Adaptation Collaborative (BC RAC), a partnership program of the Fraser Basin Council and the BC Ministry of Environment – Climate Action Secretariat, with funding from Natural Resources Canada and other in-kind contributions.

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