Government has given the Environment Agency a new role to provide advice and support to businesses and public sector organisations in England to help them adapt to a changing climate.
The role builds on the work which was previously provided by UKCIP, based at Oxford University. It is a part of Government’s work to help businesses, communities and the natural environment be Climate Ready and prepare for the effects of climate change.
Our climate is already changing. The impacts that recent extreme weather such as flooding and drought are having on our economy, environment and society are high. We expect these events to become more frequent. Now more than ever, it is critical that businesses and public sector organisations understand the impacts of climate change, take action to manage the risks and make the most of the opportunities it presents. The Climate Ready support service is here to help organisations prepare.
Government’s vision is that by 2015, priority sectors will be incorporating climate risk management into their business decision making. The overarching outcome that Government are working towards is that ‘key sectors are increasing their resilience to climate risks’.
The service consists of:
- Online information and a help desk to help organisations assess their sensitivity to a changing climate and take steps to manage their climate risks
- Work with priority sectors to provide tailored tools, guidance and training to help organisations further develop their capacity to adapt to a changing climate
You can visit the Climate Ready service by clicking on this link and find out more about the range of online services they offer.