The RESIN project goes beyond localised adaptation approaches and moves towards formal standardisation of climate adaptation strategies. The Standardisation Institute of the Netherlands (NEN) is working with the project partners in streamlining the project's outputs into European standardised approaches.
The project is currently exploring the feasibility of standardization and certification, framed by the 3 RESIN topics (impact and vulnerability, selecting and prioritization adaptation option and decision tool) and the 3 priority sectors identified by the EC (energy infrastructure, transport infrastructure, and buildings).
1) Carrying out an inventory
The inventory was carried out amongst 3 target groups (national standardization body’s (NSB’s), organizations involved in standardisation and city representatives) and aims to provide insight in the current use and usefulness of standards in the public and private market in the field of climate change adaptation/resilience of cities, and also provide information about the way NSB’s are dealing with this topic right now in exploring the market for standardisation. Currently the report of the inventory results is being drafted but the following items have been identified by the city’s as the strongest benefits of standardization: - Aligning the terminology, what are we talking about? - Enhance the comparability of city approaches, what are we doing? - Have the chance of upgrading the local plans to a higher level, reaching broader application.
2) Following actual standardization activities
ISO/TC 268 ‘Sustainable cities and communities’, WG 2 ‘City indicators’; - ISO/TC 207 ‘Environmental management’, SC 7 ‘Greenhouse gas emissions and related activities liaisons - CEN Mandate CG-CC (coordination group on climate change) - ISO/TMB/TF 7 on Climate Change Adaptation RESIN/WP 5 has a liaison with the first two ISO committees. This provides WP 5 the opportunity to forward its RESIN viewpoint on the documents which are under development, and vice versa: extract information from the ISO committees which could be beneficial to RESIN and its deliverables.
3) Initiate standardisation activities
Germany has sent in a NWIP to ISO/TC 207/SC 7 about the vulnerability assessment, which is currently in ballot In May 2017 RESIN has its GA in Manchester, there WP 5 will explore three topics related to ‘adaption options’ which could be suitable for a CEN Workshop Agreement (CWA). The preparations for that have started. Mirror committees on the subject of climate change adaptation/resilient cities have been drawn up for instance in Germany and Spain. RESIN members are involved in those committees and follow closely what’s going on there.