Endesa forms part of the Resccue project (Resilience to Cope with Climate Change in Urban Areas), Europe's first large-scale urban resilience innovation project. The initiative, co-funded by the EU Horizon 2020 programme, seeks to improve the capacity of cities to prepare for, absorb the effects of and recover as quickly as possible from a crisis. Specifically, the Resccue project focuses on assessing the impact of climate change phenomena on the provision of essential services in cities, such as water or power, and to provide practical and innovative models and tools that help to boost resilience in large cities to combat current and future climate change impacts.
Resccue has a budget of 8 million euros and will run over 48 months based on case studies in Barcelona, Lisbon and Bristol.
Endesa will work on the Barcelona case study, analysing the risks associated with flooding, drought, heatwaves and possible higher sea levels and the impact on urban services such as water supplies, power, transport, telecommunications and waste treatment in Barcelona. To do this, the existing interdependence between these essential services will be analysed.
Endesa’s role will focus on quantifying the impact of climate change on the capacity to recover power supplies and the interaction of this with the water cycle. The project will analyse the improvements smart grids and, specifically, micro-grids (small-scale systems that combine power generation, storage and distribution) can make to the resilience of cities.
18 partners from five counties will join forces in the Resccue project, led by Aquatec (Suez Water Advanced Solutions) and including the three city councils of the cities included in the study, the United Nations agency UN-Habitat, large urban services companies such as Endesa, EDP, Aguas de Portugal, and Suez Advanced Solution UK, research centres (Cetaqua, FIC, LNEC and IREC), universities (Exeter and EIVP) and SMEs such as Opticits, Hidra and UrbanDNA.