The Energy Charter Secretariat (ECS) in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic (Slovak Ministry) and with the support of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) will organise a Bratislava Energy Charter Forum on 10 October 2014.
This event will provide a platform to promote security and safety of non-nuclear critical energy infrastructure against natural disasters and man-made disruptions. The Forum will follow up to the Expert Workshop organised by the OSCE on 2 July 2014 on “Sharing Best Practices to Protect Electricity Networks from Natural Disasters”. The OSCE has also initiated a Best Practices Handbook on a related topic.
- Risk assessment and identification of vulnerabilities;
- Risk mitigation and resilience of electricity network systems;
- Climate change adaptation policy process in relation to electricity networks.
The Slovak Ministry will cover a panel on risks emanating from human actions, including the following:
- Operational (technological) risks (failures and accidents caused by people, equipment or systems):
- Emergency preparedness and operations;
- Interconnection reliability operations and coordination;
- Planning, modelling and data analysis;
- Internal control;
- Training and qualifications of personnel.
And the ECS will organise a panel focusing on international dimension of potential threats to energy security:
- Business (regulatory) risks (uncertainty of demand, new technologies, legal actions, laws and regulations):
- Resource and demand balancing;
- Grid integration of renewable energy;
- Capacity allocation and congestion management;
- Interoperability of emerging technologies.