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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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