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New article! Explore the WMO Global Energy Resilience Atlas and Climate Risk Indices for Hydropower

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A recent article published in Energies covers the WMO Global Energy Resilience Atlas and its role in assessing climate risks for the hydropower sector. This study delves into the implications of climate change on renewable energy sources, particularly hydropower, also emphasizes the critical role of climate models in predicting the impact of climate change on renewable energy generation. Against the backdrop of increasing global commitments to transition towards renewable energy sources, the vulnerability of climate-dependent energy generation to long-term climate changes becomes a pressing concern. As highlighted in COP28 in Dubai, governments have pledged to significantly boost renewable energy capacities and enhance energy efficiency by 2030.

Hydropower stands out as a key player in the renewable energy landscape, accounting for a substantial portion of electricity generation globally. The WMO Global Energy Resilience Atlas aims to provide valuable insights into climate change risks specific to the hydropower sector. Through the development of four Hydro Climate Risk indices (HCRIs) based on historical and climate projection data, this initiative offers a comprehensive tool for assessing climate-related risks in the hydropower industry.

The interactive tool developed by the WMO serves as a valuable resource for stakeholders in the energy sector, enabling policymakers at national, regional, and global levels to make informed decisions regarding long-term planning for a secure and sustainable energy future. By analyzing historical impacts on hydropower generation and projecting future trends at national scales, this tool facilitates strategic planning for a more resilient and reliable energy sector.

In essence, by addressing the challenges posed by climate change and providing tailored insights for the hydropower sector, WMO Global Energy Resilience Atlas and the associated Hydro Climate Risk indices will help to accelerate the energy transition to more sustainable and reliable energies.