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STATE OF TRANSPORT CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION ACTIONS IN EEA COUNTRIES, RECENT EXPERIENCES Natalia Sobrino (TRANSyT- UPM) ETC/CCA Task 2.1.2.4 Adaptation.

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1 STATE OF TRANSPORT CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION ACTIONS IN EEA COUNTRIES, RECENT EXPERIENCES Natalia Sobrino (TRANSyT- UPM) ETC/CCA Task Adaptation of Transport to Climate Change 18 th September, 2013 MOWE-IT project workshop, Brussels

2 0. CONTENTS 1.SCOPE AND MOTIVATION OF THE TECHNICAL PAPER 2.LITERATURE REVIEW: RECENT RESEARCH RESULTS 3.PRACTICES IN EEA COUNTRIES: QUESTIONNAIRE 4.CONCLUSIONS AND KEY AREAS MOWE-IT project workshop, Brussels, 2013

3 1. SCOPE AND MOTIVATION OF THE TECHNICAL PAPER Little information of the current state of adaptation to CC of transport – Adaptation in transport is becoming familiar topic and is being integrated within strategies – Adaptation has to deal with uncertainties on the expected impacts of CC – Climate may be influential: land use and transport demand European Topic Centre on Climate Change Impacts, Vulnerability and Adaptation (ETC/CCA) – technical paper Reviewing current initiatives of adaptation of transport to climate change and need for future actions – Review of relevant research x – Questionnaire to EEA countries x – Workshop with experts MOWE-IT project workshop, Brussels,

4 2. LITERATURE REVIEW: RECENT RESEARCH RESULTS 2. Research on changes in climate which an impact on transport Assessment of weather impacts on transport in different locations, or by mode of transport From spatial planning perspective 3. Research on the geography of adaptation in the transport system Different geographical regions – geographical scales 4. Potential changes in long-term trends in transport demand Assessment long-term changes in transport demand – i.e. modified tourism flows, day-to-day demand, or user behaviour Centred in road and air transport 5. Potential challenges to transport supply activities Design, construction, operation and maintenance of infrastructure ICT Transport operators 1. Research on climate change scenarios for 2030, 2050 and beyond Globally – IPCC WG II 2007 report EU - FP6 ENSEMBLE, CLIMATECOST project, FP7 EURO4M 4

5 3. PRACTICES IN EEA COUNTRIES 3.1. Questionnaire To gather an overview of the state of transport climate change adaptation actions in EEA countries and experiences- Questionnaire on March 8 th, 2013 until April 17 th, Second period between May and June Answered by 19 countries in the first period + 4 countries in the second period Structured in 5 blocks: A. Relevant actions at the national level B. Information and knowledge base at the national level C. Governance and institutional arrangements for adapting transport sector D. Identification of barriers to adaptation in the transport sector E. Potential for EEA action and support MOWE-IT project workshop, Brussels,

6 3. PRACTICES IN EEA COUNTRIES 3.2. QA results A. Relevant actions at the national level Transport sector specifically addressed in 9 countries & less detail in 5 additional countries Adaptation strategies available at Climate-ADAPT platform Adaptation strategies at sub national level Not relevant initiatives for revising design and operational guidelines and standards for transport at national level MOWE-IT project workshop, Brussels,

7 3. PRACTICES IN EEA COUNTRIES 3.3. QB results 5 countries report research programmes: Austria, the Netherlands, France, Germany, & UK 5 countries develop information and data sharing platforms at the national level (similar to Climate-ADAPT in EU): Austria, Finland, the Netherlands, Switzerland and UK Limited effort in data & information collection; and expanding knowledge base B. Information and knowledge base at the national level MOWE-IT project workshop, Brussels,

8 3. PRACTICES IN EEA COUNTRIES 3.4. QC results C. Governance and institutional issues Main institution responsible for climate change adaptation in transport: ministry of transport Road sector: ministry of transport and road agencies Rail sector: diversified responsibilities among ministry of transport, rail infrastructure agencies, rail operators 5 countries – information on the distribution of responsibilities: the Netherlands, France, Switzerland, and for rail: Germany and Austria MOWE-IT project workshop, Brussels,

9 3. PRACTICES IN EEA COUNTRIES 3.5. QD results D. Main barriers to adaptation in the transport sector List of 9 barriers: low, medium or high HIGH barriers: – Lack of financial resources, access to funding – Lack of awareness MEDIUM barriers: – Lack of coordination – Lack of capacities – Lack of training List of 11 activities in EU: low, medium or high HIGH score: – Integration of CCA within other EU policy areas – Facilitation of transnational cooperation among stakeholders 9

10 3. PRACTICES IN EEA COUNTRIES 3.6. QE results Additional suggestion: 4 major issues 1. Clarification of what is called “adaptation” of the transport systems 2. Identify the “climate signals” or “early warning signals” 3. Strength exchanges among countries 4. Uncertainty – key barrier for further action at the national level E. Potential for EEA action and support MOWE-IT project workshop, Brussels,

11 4. CONCLUSIONS AND KEY AREAS 1.Boundaries of adaptation in transport - Uncertainty -Improve collection of information -More reliable models 2.Objectives and actions for adaptation in transport -Identification and implementation of measures – increase the resilience of the transport system: maintenance practices, design standards, etc. 3. Stakeholders and governance regimes -Governance structures 4. Key paradigms of transport policy -Transport demand and changes in climate MOWE-IT project workshop, Brussels,

12 THANK YOU FOR YOUR ATTENTION Ángel Aparicio (TRANSyT- UPM) Natalia Sobrino (TRANSyT- UPM) 12


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