ARIES: Adaptation and Resilience in Energy Systems

September 2011 to February 2015

Prof Gareth Harrison, University of Edinburgh

AIM: To deliver a comprehensive risk framework to assess and manage UK energy system resilience to climate change.


  • To model physical and economic impacts of climate changes on current and new generation technologies.
  • To capture the climate-driven changes in gas and electricity demand in domestic and non-domestic buildings and their response to changes in building design, behaviour and micro-generation.
  • To examine future regional and national balance of supply and demand for gas and electricity, its implications for a resilient energy system, and interaction with other infrastructure sectors.
  • To develop an effective risk management framework with which to define and appraise potential energy system adaptation, articulate the implications of these changes to decision-makers, and to inform the 2012 and later UK CCRAs.
  • To deliver the above through an enhanced set of future energy systems and climate scenarios with new modelling that preserves the spatial and temporal coherence that defines national energy resilience.

February 2012 Energy Projects meeting:

June 2011 Meeting with the Scottish Government: