Carlos Neto (Portugal) 1; Carlos Lourenço (Portugal) 1; Inês Silva (Portugal) 1; Nuno Duarte (Portugal) 1; Paulo Alberto (Portugal) 1; Rita Serra (Portugal) 1; Sara Goulartt (Portugal) 2; Sónia Cardoso (Portugal) 1; Tiago Rojão (Portugal) 1; Luísa Pestana (Portugal) 2
1 - EDP Distribuição; 2 - EDP, SA
The increasing recurrence of events with high impact on societies (natural, technological or human-made), have completely changed our perception on safety and security. As its recognised that Climate Change is raising the occurrence of extreme weather-related events, as also increases other type of extreme events, the “certainty” of its high impacts, demands improvements on societies capabilities to manage and to reduce disaster risks, by enhancing prevention, preparedness, response and recovery to known and emerging risks. Consequently, these occurrences have modified the prevention level that one must adopt in our daily routines, our lifestyle, business, business strategies, information security, policies and risk management.
In this context, the utilities sector, which has relevant responsibilities to provide essential services to societies and economies, and to manage critical infrastructures, are in many circumstances exposed to eventual disruption caused by the occurrence of these events.
EDP Group recognizes the expected impacts that the challenging climate change scenarios can cause on their main activities. The company commitment to sustainability and resilience in its operations and value chain, has been allowing an actively contribution to develop a dedicated approach to climate change, as part of the sustainability strategic goals 2020. EDP’s Climate Action Framework, created to provide a more comprehensive and effective management on this topic, seeks to align the existing and future activities into four pillars: Mitigate, Adapt, Innovate, Energize. EDP Distribuição, the Portuguese Power Distribution System Operator (DSO), is committed to managing risks (at strategic, business, financial, operational and regulatory levels) and opportunities, including the related to climate change, by adapting and increasing the organizational resilience, strongly fostered by a Business Continuity Management System implemented within the organization. By identifying the climate change effects and its expected impacts on business processes, it is possible to increase network resilience, by learning and adapting network operational procedures to improve quality of service and efficiency, environmental practices, risk assessment, crisis management and business continuity plans. Adapt recommendations development are supported in a strategic and systematic approach, driven by the Climate Action Framework combined with organizational resilience. This integration ensures awareness, preparedness, flexibility, stakeholders expectations achievement and a sustainable evolution to reduce or mitigate climate risks effects to electricity supply, service to retailers and asset management activities.