Adapting to climate change
The world needs to adapt to the extreme weather events linked to climate change, particularly flooding and water shortages caused by droughts.
As the world experiences more extreme weather conditions linked to climate change – such as flooding and water shortages caused by droughts – governments, businesses and local communities need to think seriously about their adaptation strategies.
Adaptation reduces the vulnerability of assets, infrastructure, environmental systems and communities to extreme variability in weather due to climate change. Within our operations we take steps at our facilities around the world so that we are more resilient to climate change.
Creating green infrastructure
Green infrastructure is when natural systems are used to complement man-made infrastructure, making the overall system more resilient. We are looking into ways to integrate natural systems into the design of our projects. Green infrastructure could be used as part of an adaptation strategy by governments, businesses or communities.
For example, in Louisiana, USA, we are exploring the use of nature-based solutions in areas where there is coastal erosion. These systems can stabilise the embankments near our pipelines, prevent erosion and also create new habitats for water organisms, including aquatic animals and migratory birds.
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