“The strategy we are defining to support public administrations and businesses to increase their climate resilience is broadly in line with the main lines identified by the Commission”
The New European Strategy on Adaptation to Climate Change was recently published and represents a firm commitment to the climate resilience of European society and its territory by 2050. Efrén Feliu, who is Head of Adaptation to Climate Change at TECNALIA, stated that “we are very pleased to see that the strategy we defined some time ago to help public administrations and businesses build up their climate resilience is in line with the broad lines identified by the commission in this New Strategy: a smart, systemic, swift and international adaptation.”
TECNALIA has a long track record in developing methodologies and tools for analysing and managing climate risk, and it is involved in leading international initiatives such as the Copernicus Climate Change Service. TECNALIA’s actions in this area are in line with the first axis of smart adaptation, through measures that push the boundaries of knowledge on adaptation. In turn, they make it possible to collect and provide more and better data on climate-related risks and losses, with the aim of providing informed decision making.
TECNALIA carries out successful technology transfers, both to administrations and companies to facilitate the integration of climate resilience criteria into public policies and business strategies: urban planning and development, land use planning, infrastructures, energy and decarbonisation. TECNALIA’s partners and customers include cities such as San Salvador, London, Milan, Hamburg, Madrid, Valencia, Malaga, Bilbao, San Sebastian and Vitoria; regions such as Andalusia, Galicia, Navarre and the Basque Country; development banks such as the IDB and CAF; and leading Spanish utility companies.
TECNALIA is working in line with the second axis, the development of systemic adaptation measures and the incorporation of climate change resilience considerations in all sectoral policy areas at different territorial scales.
Thirdly, the new European Strategy on Adaptation to Climate Change calls for swifter adaptation and optimises synergies by reducing the risk of disasters, accelerated and deployed through different mechanisms and instruments (regulation, incentives, financing and investments, insurance, etc.). TECNALIA is contributing to this by creating knowledge on key instruments such as the European Spatial Planning Observation Network (ESPON) or by developing nature-based solutions for adapting the built environment and climate-proofing infrastructures, solutions that are specifically focused on in the strategy.
- TECNALIA would like to highlight its participation as an observer entity at the Conference of the Parties (COP) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and other international bodies (Green Climate Fund and the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN)).
- TECNALIA is also involved in active projects in Latin America on climate and urban development and in the hydropower sector with entities such as OLADE: activities in line with the fourth axis of the new Strategy, the intensification of international climate action, cooperation in and promotion of European leadership in areas such as nature-based solutions, climate services and climate-proofing.