The European Commission has created a guideline under which businesses must be engaged in testing the strength of new roads and energy facilities to prepare for an impending global catastrophe. This was reported by Reuters on July 29.
It noted that floods that hit northwest Europe this month have heightened fears that even in some of the world’s richest countries, infrastructure is ill-prepared for climate change.
Developers of roads, railroads, and power plants are required to ensure their reliability in the face of floods and droughts.
Thus, developers of new infrastructure projects must assess what climate-related risks their project may face in the coming years. If significant risks are identified, the developer should redesign the project. This could include changing the design to cope with high temperatures, or creating emergency flood response systems.
The European Commission’s goal is to ensure that bridges, railroads and power plants can withstand the effects of a more warming planet amid global warming.
Earlier, on July 17, severe flooding hit eastern France. An “orange” level of weather danger was declared in the Saône and Loire departments.
The flooding in Wallonia, the southern region of Belgium, began as a result of heavy downpours on July 15. The country had received one and a half months’ worth of rainfall in 24 hours.
Since 12 July in the west and southwest of Germany torrential rains caused outflow of tributaries of the Rhine River Ar and Moselle, as well as small rivers Sauer, Prüm, Nimes, Kiel and Erft. As a result of the elements several towns were blocked. About 200 thousand people were left without electricity.