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Engineers must help cut carbon

World Energy Council secretary general Christoph Frei, is to explain how to finance resilient energy infrastructure at the ICE’s third MWH Herriot Watt University lecture on 13 December at the ICE’s headquarters.

Climate change lecutre cropped

Climate change lecture cropped

There has been a fourfold increase in extreme weather events across the globe over the past 30 years, increasing pressure on use of water in energy production and increasing levels of cyber threat. All contributing to a new reality for the energy sector.

Frei is expected to say: “With increasing systems integration, resilience is no longer just about building systems stronger and returning single assets to full operation after a disruptive event.

“When interdependent systems are blacked out by extreme weather or cyber-attack, the system as a whole is at risk of being deadlocked. Black-starting capability, decentralised decision autonomy and local empowerment have become key concepts of a new “soft resilience” approach as opposed to the traditional “hard resilience” practice of simply building systems stronger.”

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