Climatologists predict that by 2080 the UK will have half as much rainfall in the summer and 30% more in the winter, leading to an increased risk of flooding, drought and large-scale storms. There are numerous impacts of these climatological shifts, the most important to our society being the threat they pose to the energy-water-food nexus.
In order to combat this DEFRA is reforming abstraction licenses, meaning both energy and water companies must collaborate to ensure they are using water more effectively. Now these industries are playing a crucial part in proactively responding to climate change by decarbonising operations and making assets more resilient.
ICE is playing an active part in facilitating this collaboration by organising the Decarbonised Energy and Water Resilience conference, taking place at our headquarters, One Great George Street, on 3-4 May. The conference will connect the water and energy industries with government to discuss key strategies and technologies that will optimise the use of water, lower carbon emissions and enhance resilience.