Time to prepare! Climate change risk assessments and adaptation planning

There is no doubt that our climate is changing and will continue to change. Ensuring that your organisation, assets and services are prepared for hotter, drier summers and warmer, wetter winters makes economic sense in terms of the future costs that can be avoided as well as protecting the safety of staff, customers/users and the public.

The number of weather-related disasters to hit the world has increased five-fold over the past 50 years and the Met Office’s most recent State of the UK Climate Report states that all of the top 10 warmest years in the UK – in records back to 1884, occurred since 2002. For central England, the 21st century has been warmer than the previous three centuries. The Independent Assessment of UK Climate Risk published in June highlights overheating of buildings and associated impacts for health, wellbeing and productivity along with increased risks of power blackouts from multiple climate hazards as key priorities to be addressed in the next two years.

JBA has supported numerous organisations over the last 10 years in producing climate change risk assessments and developing adaptation plans. These have been conducted at a range of scales from national (Independent Assessment of UK Climate Risk) to site level (infrastructure projects in the UK and internationally), for organisations including the European Investment Bank, UK Climate Change Committee, Welsh Government, NHS Scotland, HS2, the Ministry of Justice and Kent, Surrey and Wigan local authorities.

Our approach is very much focused on capacity building and co-production. We won’t produce a climate change risk assessment and adaptation plan for you, we’ll work with you, providing the tools and skills to enable you to produce your own plan. You and your staff know your organisation inside out and have the knowledge of previous climate and weather related impacts and awareness of the steps you are already taking to adapt. We provide expertise on translating the latest climate projections and will work with you to understand how projected hazards could affect your organisation and support you in identifying the steps you can take to build your resilience. We have developed bespoke tools to support the risk assessment and planning process and provide awareness-raising sessions for individuals at all levels within organisations whatever their level of climate knowledge. We also supplement the wider climate change risk assessments with detailed flood risk assessments where required – for NHS Scotland we have conducted flood risk assessments for 250 strategic sites.

Want to know more?

If you’d like to find out more, please contact Katie Chorlton.

You can also read about our work with NHS Scotland here:  NHS Scotland Climate Risk and Adaptation Plans | JBA Consulting


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