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1.1.1. Purpose and target audience

The EU is building the Energy Union, which aims to make energy more secure, affordable and sustainable. Several important pieces of legislation have already been adopted or are currently in the legislative process. The recently adopted Regulation on the Governance of the Energy Union and Climate Action (EU, 2018c) strengthens the coordination role of European institutions in the European energy system, and it has created new planning and reporting requirements for national governments. Furthermore, the long-term strategy ‘A Clean Planet for All’ puts forward a vision for steering the EU towards a CO2 emissions-free future in 2050 (EC, 2018j), in line with the objectives of the Paris Agreement. Finally, the EU has recently evaluated its adaptation strategy, with a view to a potential revision in the near future (EC, 2018u).

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The overarching objective of this report is to identify challenges and opportunities for climate change adaptation and climate resilience in the context of a decarbonising energy system in Europe (for definitions of these terms, see Section 1.3). The focus is how policies at the European and national level can support the transformation to a climate resilient energy system by both public and private actors. The timing of this report coincides with the establishment of new reporting requirements related to energy and climate change adaptation under the Energy Union governance. The underlying planning and reporting processes provide a welcome opportunity to address climate change mitigation and adaptation in the energy sector in an integrated manner, and to learn from existing good practices.

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This report is directed primarily at European, national and sub-national policy makers in the field of climate change and energy. Further target audiences are relevant international organisations, regulators and standardization organisations, business organisations and individual businesses from the energy sector (including producers, transmission system operators and traders). The information may also be relevant for investors, climate service providers, consultancies and researchers addressing the energy system as well as civil society and the general public.

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