Adapting the Energy Sector to Climate Change

Date / Time

May 19, 2021 (02:00 PM) - (04:00 PM)


Digital-only event
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Despite the Paris climate goals and the ambitious targets of the European Commission to reduce greenhouse gases, the climate crisis is already a tangible reality. In Austria, the heating is about twice the global average. The changes in climatic conditions are altering weather processes and, in a broader sense, the generation of renewable energy. Storms in Austria will also increase in strength and number due to higher average temperatures. Due to the target of 100% renewable electricity by 2030, the influence of the change in climatic conditions in Austria must be taken into account. In the discussion, we therefore want to get to the bottom of the following questions:

  • How will changing climate and weather conditions affect hydropower?
  • What impact will increased storms have on the production of wind energy?
  • Is the grid infrastructure at risk from increased extreme weather events?
  • How will the shift in climate zones affect biomass?
  • What measures can be taken to minimise weather risks?
2:00 p.m. Welcome Dr. Michael Strugl (President WEC Austria)
2:10 p.m. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Stefan Schleicher (Wegener Center for Climate and Global Change – University of Graz & WIFO)
2:35 p.m. Dipl.-Ing. Theresia Vogel (Climate & Energy Fund)
3:00 p.m. Statements of the panelists
Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Michael Marketz (KNG-Kärnten Netz GmbH)
Dr. Erwin Mair (Ennskraftwerke AG)
Mag. Stefan Moidl (IG Windkraft)
Dipl.-Ing. Arno Sam (Wien Energie GmbH)
3:20 p.m. Discussion panel
Moderation: Prof. Dr. Günther Brauner
4:00 p.m. Closing remarks Dr. Robert Kobau (Managing Director WEC Austria)