Energy and Meteorology Portal


The energy sector is one of the main emitters of greenhouse gases (GHGs) and plays a crucial role in addressing climate change and achieving emissions reduction targets. In this context, the global energy transition towards renewable energy, in line with the decarbonization targets stipulated in the 2015 Paris Agreement, is critical to reducing emissions towards achievement of the net zero emission target. This transition is an ongoing process that aims to decarbonize the energy system by moving towards harvesting more renewable energies such as solar, wind and hydroelectric power and recognizing the potential of nuclear sector in this transition. Given that renewables are highly dependent on the weather condition, more advanced weather, water and climate services is a need for this sector.

Decarbonization also includes a drastic increase in energy efficiency, thorough digitalization for smart decisions and boosted investment in low-carbon innovation. The energy transition is of paramount importance, but the resilience of energy systems also needs to be strengthened to ensure continuity of supply, and to mitigate damage to infrastructure in a changing climate with more extreme weather, water and climate events.

Utilizing advanced weather, water, and climate information and services is essential for ensuring a climate-resilient energy transition. These services cover a wide range of timeframes, from historical data to nowcasting, sub-seasonal to seasonal forecasting, annual to multi-annual predictions, and decadal climate projections. Such information underpins resources planning, routine operation and maintenance, risk management and investment planning of energy systems including renewable resources, nuclear power plants, thermal power plants, electricity grid and other forms of energy production. 

The WMO Climate and Energy team, in collaboration with a broad network of external partners, conducts a diverse range of mitigation and adaptation activities. These initiatives primarily focus on supporting WMO member states in addressing climate challenges while supporting net zero energy transitions, energy demand management, resilience of energy infrastructure, early warnings for energy, energy security, and energy efficiency. Such activities involve, but not limited to, continuous monitoring of sector needs from both public and private entities, the development of essential technical publications, guidelines, and best practices, capacity-building for National Meteorological and Hydrological services to deliver advanced services tailored for the energy sector through training, webinars, and conferences. Additionally, regional projects and national demonstration services and products are established to meet sector-specific requirements. Furthermore, WMO facilitates data exchange to underpin climate-resilient energy transitions and ensure energy security.

To assits WMO Members in achiving the targets of the global agenda for resilient energy transition, the WMO Climate and Energy team with technical support from the WMO Commission for Weather, Climate, Water and related Environmental Services and Applications (SERCOM), has been fostering the growth and integration of Weather, Water and Climate Services for the energy sector through a wide range of activities. These activities include technical publications, training courses, technical support to regional project and developing demonstration products. These resources, along with other relevant materials, are accessible through the current portal.  

From a broader perspective, the portal is composed of three main functions, as shown in the following figure: 

  • Knowledge sharing: The portal has three dedicated sections aiming to transfer and share information and knowledge in terms of weather and climate application in the energy sector. These sections are Understnad, Build Capacity, and Resources. 
  • Action-Oriented: The platform contains a Global Energy Resilience Atlas providing climate Hydro Risk Indices (CHRI) for most countries around the workl. Relevant indices for solar and wind energy will be developed and incorporated in the next phases of the Atlas’s development.
  • Engage and Network: The aim of this function is to increase visibility for all stakeholders involved. This is facilitated through dedicating profiles for countries, companies, academic institutions, and international bodies, showcasing their projects, services, capacities, and tools.