This paper evaluates the links between changing disaster risks due to climate change and the impacts on electricity generation. Electricity generation is important for powering economic growth. Climate change alters disaster risks for electricity generation. These considerations are often overlooked in energy research and policy. The authors want to shed light on a new and emerging research agenda. They assessed the vulnerability of various electricity generation options, i.e. fossil fuels, nuclear power, hydropower and renewable energy, to changing disaster risks and addresses the implications for energy policy and planning. Finally, the paper makes suggestions on how changing disaster risks could be taken into account in electricity generation. Suggestions include: 1. Assessing disaster risks in Environmental Impact Assessments, feasibility studies and siting procedures for new power plants; 2. Improving the linkages between energy ministries, climate ministries, and disasters ministries in relation to energy policy; and 3. Planning and developing climate change adaptation strategies for electricity generation.
Urban, F.; Mitchell, T. Climate change, disasters and electricity generation, SCR Discussion Paper 8. (2011) : 35 pp.