New data to help global businesses adapt to climate change has been published.
It is part of the EU’s Copernicus programme which aims to help the energy sector identify the most profitable and sustainable sites for wind farms, hydro-electric dams and solar panels.
It will also enable risk assessments to manage the impact of weather events and allow countries to manage electricity supply as well as plan grid connections.
The water sector can also use the data to identify areas most at risk of drought or flooding.
Vincent-Henri Peuch, Head of Atmosphere Monitoring Service said: “This programme has two main aims: one is to bring evidence to the policy makers on how our environment is changing in time and the second aim is to bring this data also to innovators and people creating jobs to develop a climate data economy.
“The energy sector is very obviously one area Copernicus is bringing some improvements, new insight on how to develop renewable energies.”
Its data revealed the last 12 months was the warmest on record.
Earlier this week the MET Office said global temperatures are on course to pass the 1°C mark above pre-industrial levels.