Tool Basics: Who, When and What

Who should use this tool?

Development practitioners and Task Team Leaders designing energy projects.
Project teams should be aware that the tool addresses all major energy areas, including mining and extraction, power generation, transmission and distribution, and end-use. It also includes other energy projects such as cook stoves, LPG expansion, and renewable-based irrigation and cooling systems.
In each of these areas, the tool covers a range of physical and non-physical project investments. In addition to physical investments, these include energy sector management, planning, and technical assistance activities.

What does this tool do?

The tool serves as a self-paced guide for practicing due diligence during project design.
Specifically, it guides users through a high-level screening of projects for risks from climate and geophysical hazards. Using this tool will help ensure project teams that they have considered what effects climate change and natural disasters could have on a project.
The greatest value of the tool is that it provides a structured and systematic process for understanding climate and disaster risks. The actual risk ratings themselves, while instructive, should inform further consultations and dialogue, and help determine the appropriate level of effort for further studies during project design. The tool does not provide a detailed risk analysis, nor does it suggest specific options for making a project more resilient.

When should this tool be used?

This tool is intended to be used at an early “concept” stage of project development. A good understanding of the project location and components is required. The tool can be revisited as the project is modified or additional information is acquired.
This tool is a form of due diligence and is not at a level of detail sufficient for input into design of projects.

What if climate and disasters have already been considered in design?

If a project team has already designed measures to reduce risks from climate change and natural disasters, use of this tool is still recommended. Using the tool will help ensure that a broad range of hazards are considered, including some that might not have been identified earlier. The project team should then be sure the risk ratings they apply in the tool reflect the measures they have already designed.
For example, if a project team is already planning to build a sea wall higher to protect from sea level rise, the tool rating of potential impact should be lower than if the team did not plan to build that way. Whenever a potential impact rating is revised downwards for this reason, the teams using the tool could include explanatory notes to clarify this and validate ratings with others reviewing the screening.