The UK energy sector is responding and adapting to climate change in several ways. Changes in climate, the associated impacts on ground conditions and related geohazards are important considerations for the maintenance and running of both existing and proposed infrastructure. Potential hazards, all of which can affect both buried and surface infrastructure, include:
- groundwater flooding
- changes in resistivity
Coastal-related geohazards and how they are projected to change under future climatic scenarios are another area of importance, especially for energy sector assets in these coastal regions. BGS has a range of current and in-development datasets that can assist in all these areas.
As well as considering current asset management, the expansion of the UK’s renewable energy infrastructure is equally important. The energy sector is hoping to expand its green energy infrastructure networks and repurpose or decommission existing assets, both on and offshore. BGS’s geological data holdings are well placed to support this. For example, the UK Government’s ‘Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution’ aims to produce 40 gigawatts of offshore wind energy by 2030 and install 600 000 ground heat pumps per year by 2028. Both are ambitious targets with significant geological components that BGS can support.