(EnergyAsia, June 23, Tuesday) — Australia claims it has developed the world’s first commercial business-centric course on adapting to climate change for electricity companies.

The course entitled, “Climate Change Adaptation for Transmission and Distribution Organisations – Understanding the impact of climate change and developing an adaptation strategy for your organisation”, will be held at the Macquarie Graduate School of Management in Sydney on June 25 and 26. The course is offered to Australian and Asia-Pacific companies.

Targeted specifically at the electricity transmission and distribution sector, the course will focus on the business impacts of weather and climate change, and adaptation measures that will help advance organisation’s corporate objectives.

The course aims to identify key business practices and processes most affected by climate change which include asset management and design, corporate strategy, risk management, environmental management, and health and safety.

Other modules covered include environmental variables, human resources and activities, the impact on assets and the demand for product and services, and adaptation options.

Donna Lorenz, MacQuarrie’s associate director of climate change, will be facilitating the course.

‘Climate Change Adaptation for Transmission and Distribution’, developed by Athol Yates from the Australian Security Research Centre, and Professor Priyan Mendis from the University of Melbourne, is supported by Australian associations and Energy Networks Australia and Engineers Australia, and funded by the Department of Climate Change.