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CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION Stirling Council’s Approach Angela Heaney SSN Annual Conference 7 November 2013. Interpreting the PBD on Adaptation. Sustainable Development Strategy, 2006, Objective 1:

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CLIMATE CHANGEADAPTATIONStirling Council’s ApproachAngela HeaneySSN Annual Conference7 November 2013


Interpreting the pbd on adaptation
Interpreting the PBD on Adaptation

  • Sustainable Development Strategy, 2006, Objective 1:

    “The Council will work to reduce the cause and effects of Climate Change in line with national targets”

  • Simplified the Public Bodies Duties language to “a requirement to take action on adaptation”

  • Developed a Weather Impacts Profile 2000-2010

  • Council emissions ca 2% of the area’s; UK emissions ca 2% of the world’s

  • Increasingly likely to overshoot the international target to keep global average temperature rise at 2ºC or less


Gaining corporate management buy in
Gaining Corporate Management buy-in

  • Ongoing – need to tackle on a number of fronts & push at any open doors

  • Inclusion in Corporate Risk Register

  • Participation in EU Cities Adapt Project

  • Flag up existing work - don’t need to badge as ‘adaptation’

  • Emphasise local benefits


Risk based approach
Risk based approach

  • Failure to discharge Council’s PBD under the Climate Change Act is 1 of 29 strategic risks in the Corporate Risk Register

  • Significant impacts: business/service continuity and financial risks, plus risk of a legal challenge, from the impacts of a changing climate

  • Internal Control: Development of an Adaptation Strategy

  • Treatment Action: Implementing the Strategy Action Plan

  • Progress in implementation managed as part of risk management structure


Eu cities adapt project
EU Cities Adapt Project

  • European Commission project to provide capacity building & assistance for cities to develop & implement adaptation strategies

  • 21 cities placed in 3 geo-climatic sub-groups

  • Signed up September 2012, final Conference 3 June 2013

  • Participation required Councillor engagement

  • Support from web-based tutorials, workshops and city site visits to learn from each other through coaching and peer review

  • Draft Adaptation Strategy main output


Eu cities adapt project site visits
EU Cities Adapt Project – Site Visits

Augustenborg Eco-Village, Malmo

Scandinavian Green Roof Institute


Draft strategy
Draft Strategy

  • Established a cross-Service Project Task Group

  • Collected contributing activity

  • Generated relevant data

  • Emphasise ‘no regret’ measures

  • Write…consult...re-write…

Major incidents in the Stirling Council area, 1992-2012 Since 1992, 17 of the 28 incidents logged were weather-related (61%). Between 1992 and 2001, 3 out of 8 incidents (38%)

Between 2002 and 2011, 12 out of 18 incidents (67%).

Winter Service Budget -

Overspent for every one of the last 6 years by an average £675,830/year.

Different types of urban households at risk of 1 in 200 year flood event


Challenges
Challenges

  • Surprisingly poor understanding of adaptation

  • Gaining & maintaining buy-in across the organisation

  • Timescales & need to keep reporting – to the EU Cities Adapt Project Consortium & Provost’s Panel

  • Ensuring immediate line management buy-in

  • Resourcing


Next steps
Next Steps

  • Revise, update & finalise draft

  • More detailed consultation with Services

  • Develop an Action Plan through cross-Service Working Group

  • Aim to put to Committee in June 2014

  • Delivery, monitoring & reporting progress

  • Engage with Community Planning Partners

  • Community involvement


Contact details
Contact Details

Angela Heaney

Stirling Council, Environment Services,

Endrick House, Kerse Road,

Stirling FK7 7SZ

T: 01786 233030

[email protected]

www.stirling.gov.ukthen use A-Z


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