Clim’Ability – Adaptation of SMEs to a changing climate
Following on from Clim’Ability (2016-2019), the Interreg project Clim’Ability Design (2019-2022) offers companies in the Upper Rhine region the means to innovate and outline solutions and strategies for adapting to the climate crisis. In the context of climate change, the Upper Rhine area presents specific vulnerabilities which could have a major impact on the economic organisation of the territory and in particular on the daily life and management of companies in the years to come. It is in this context that the Clim’ability project has, over a period of 3 years, identified and defined the different types of vulnerabilities of companies in the region, in order to give them the means to adapt their strategies and processes to the socio-economic conditions of the future.
In three years, during Clim’ability, they worked to raise awareness of climate change among companies in the Upper Rhine, especially SMEs. They were starting to reap the benefits at the end of the project. In particular, they identified that SMEs were particularly sensitive to heat waves. This came out massively. They disorganise work, increase the drudgery, reduce concentration, and have harmful effects on humans and machines. This is why they are focusing on the repercussions of this impact in Clim’Ability Design, by installing sensors on industrial sites. They want to focus more on these areas of economic activity rather than on individual companies, and identify areas of thermal inertia in order to propose developments accordingly. The Clim’Ability Design project fully integrates the territorial dimension of climate change and its impacts.