Screening Tool Steps

This tool guides users through the four-stage assessment high-level risks, outlined on the previous page, by following a series of steps.
Click on any of the link below for a brief description of what will take place in that step.

Project Information

In this step, users input basic information about their project, including its title, country and region, energy sector codes, thematic codes, and financial information. They also select the subsector(s) in which their project is engaged from the following list. They may select up to three subsectors.
  • Oil, Gas & Coal
  • Thermal Power
  • Hydropower
  • Other Renewable
  • Energy Efficiency (in Heat and Power & End Use)
  • Transmission and Distribution (of Electricity)
  • Energy Capacity Building
If their project is entirely devoted to energy capacity building with no physical investments, users will skip the subsectors step (which includes evaluation of potential impact on physical components of the subsectors).

Hazards and Location

In this step, users assess their project’s exposure to climate and geophysical hazards in their project location. The project’s subsector(s) and location will determine which hazards are to be addressed. They select the relevant hazards from the following list:
  • Extreme Temperature
  • Extreme Precipitation & Flooding
  • Drought
  • Sea Level Rise
  • Storm Surge
  • Strong Winds
  • Earthquakes
  • Tsunamis
  • Landslides
  • Volcanic Eruptions


In this step, users first describe the physical components of each subsector in their project, and then evaluate the potential impact of climate and geophysical hazards on those components. Examples of physical components include power plants, distribution lines, oil and gas pipelines, and energy equipment.
Among other impacts, climate and geophysical hazards may cause physical damage to infrastructure, reduce generation capacity, and reduce efficiency in transmission and distribution. Users rate the level of potential impact that each selected hazard could have on each subsector of their project.

Non-physical Components

Non-physical components are project investments that do not involve physical works, such as policy development, institutional strengthening, energy system planning and forecasting, data gathering, and training.
In this step, users rate how the non-physical components of the project help manage or reduce the potential impacts of climate and geophysical hazards. For example:
  • Planning for redundancy and optionality may reduce disruptions in service due to natural disasters and changing climatic conditions.
  • Operational changes, such as increased maintenance, may reduce the vulnerability of infrastructure to extreme weather events and geophysical hazards.
  • Capacity building may increase the institutional and technical ability to plan for and respond to climate change impacts.

Development Context

The development context is the social, economic, environmental, and political context in which a project is being implemented.
In this step, users rate how much the development context may influence the potential impact of climate and geophysical hazards. For example:
  • Social and economic trends such as high population growth, rural electrification, and industrialization may dramatically increase demand for electricity, adding stress to the system and exacerbating damage from service disruptions.
  • If the power grid is poorly integrated and depends only on a few generation plants, a power outage at one plant due to an extreme weather event, such as flooding or storm surge, may cause complete loss of power for large areas and populations. Such events significantly harm economic development.

Outcome / Service Delivery

In this step, users combine their ratings of potential impact on subsectors with their ratings of adaptive capacity (from the non-physical components and development context). The result is a rating of overall risk to the project’s outcome / service delivery.
For example, if a user identifies extreme weather events that may damage transmission and distribution systems, the overall risk to outcome would include a reduction in the reliability of the electrical grid and hampering of economic development.

Results Summary

In the Results Summary, the results of the screening process are automatically compiled by the tool and presented in summary matrices by subsector and by time frame (Historical/Current and Future).
These final tool results are intended to help users determine the appropriate level of effort for further studies, consultation, and dialogue in the course of project design.