Welcome to the Climate Expert Online Adaptation Course!

The Online Adaptation Course helps your company understand climate change and its impacts on businesses, to identify and assess risks and opportunities for your company and to develop strategies for adapting your business to the impacts of climate change.

The course is structured along along the following steps of the Climate Expert Approach:

Step 0
Introduction to Climate Change Climate Change

Climate change is a global phenomenon that affects every country. A rise of global mean temperature by 1.5° to 3.5° C is projected until 2100. Climate is a complex and fragile system, so this seemingly small change has grave implications. For example, rainfall is likely to become more irregular and extreme weather events (storms, floods, etc.) will become stronger. This module introduces the concept of climate change and explains other topics, such as the difference between gradual climate change and extreme weather events, in more detail.

Step 1
Understanding climate change impacts

Impacts of climate change are different for each company as they depend on such factors as the location and the production processes of a company. This module discusses which areas of a company can be affected by climate change and introduces adaptation as an important process for ensuring business survival and growth. 

Step 2:
Identifying Climate Change Risks and opportunities

Your company has probably already reacted to climate change in the past. For example, maybe you run only one shift per day in summer, as you anticipate power cuts. As climate change dynamics get stronger, it is important to also anticipate and prepare for future risks and opportunities. This module explains how to conduct a risk assessment and identify climate change opportunities. Moreover, it gives hints for dealing with uncertainties and introduces a case study from India.

Step 3:
Assessing adaptation measures

Based on the analysis of risks and opportunities for your business, this module helps you identifying, analysing and prioritising adequate adaptation measures. Different types of adaptation measures are introduced and illustrated with examples. We discuss the advantages and methods for both qualitative and qualitative assessments. Particular focused is placed on Cost-Benefit Analysis as it provides businesses with real numbers to support decision-making. Moreover, the module explains how to identify and assess market opportunities. 

Step 4
Implementing and monitoring an adaptation strategy

Going beyond single measures for adaptation, this module assists you in developing a full-fledged adaptation strategy. It builds on the measures which you have identified and analysed in the last module. Once the strategy has been developed, it has to be communicated within and possibly also outside of the company. Monitoring and evaluation will be used to make sure that the strategy is implemented successfully.