Adapting to a changing climate
TII Climate Adaptation Strategy
In 2019, Ireland declared that the nation is in a Climate and Biodiversity Emergency, with the impacts of climate change being increasingly felt across the country. To address this, the Irish Government developed a Climate Action Plan (CAP) 2021. The CAP 2021 set a requirement for Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) to publish an updated strategy on how it will adapt its networks in the face of a changing climate. This Climate Adaptation Strategy is TII’s response to CAP 2021 Action 297 - Improve climate resilience and adapt to climate change on the Light Rail and National Road Network.
TII’s assets and activities are vulnerable to extreme weather events; the severity and frequency of these events is increasing with climate change. For example, flooding, storms and heatwaves can damage assets and cause service disruption, which can result in significant safety, financial and reputational impacts. TII must continue to adopt a proactive approach to managing the impacts of climate change, to prevent the worst of these impacts and avoid relying on costly reactive measures. This Strategy builds on TII’s previous Climate Adaptation Strategy, published in 2017, and sets out the approach and next steps required over the coming years to continue adapting to the impacts of climate change.