Evaluating regional vulnerability and adaptation in the ACT

Over the last 120 years or so global temperatures have been increasing at rates faster than any seen during the period of human evolution. Changes in rainfall, storms, bushfire frequency and severity, heat waves and other extreme events are well documented, both globally and for Australia. The cross-scale, cross-sectoral nature of climate change impacts and responses challenges our capacity to adapt, even as we confront the necessity to mitigate emissions. The ACT region is no exception when it comes to global warming impacts, and it is important to factor current and future climate change into all our thinking and planning for future sustainability.

We have tied our lives to electricity for light, heat, cooling and many other essentials. Climate change will have several impacts on the delivery of electricity to our homes and businesses, some obvious and some less so. Both climate change and our response to it reveal the inherent fragilities of our electricity delivery system. There is no magic bullet, but the rapidly evolving nature of the energy industry offers some hope for more resilient networks that also lend themselves to a more sustainable outcome.

What do these factors mean for regional vulnerability and what are the priorities for building resilience?


Janette Lindesay, Associate Director Education & Deputy Director, Fenner School of Environment and Society

Simon Evans, Director, Beast Solutions

Stephen Bygrave, Executive Director Climate Change and Sustainability, EPSDD

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