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Agenda • Climate Change and Kent • Impacts for our services • A risk-based approach • Developing an action plan
Hotter, drier summers More intense downpours Milder, wetter winters Sea level rise
Eight out of ten of our county’s ‘very high’ risks are related to severe weather! We already know we are at risk from severe weather events...
What changes will we see in Kent? Get more of a feel as to what climate change may mean for our services at: http://www.kent.gov.uk/kentview/
SWIMS Severe Weather Impacts Monitoring System
Scoping potential impacts:Ask yourself… • Are you currently affected by weather or climate? • Do you take decisions with long-term consequences? • Do you have infrastructure sensitive to changes in weather or climate? • Are you vulnerable to disruption of external factors such as utilities? • Is it critical to maintain continuity of service during extreme weather events?
Seven Components to Consider Process/delivery of service Management Implications People Premises Demand Logistics Finance
Consider the climate change scenarios • Hotter summers (inc. heatwaves) • Drier summers (inc. drought) • Milder winters • Wetter winters • More intense downpours • Sea level rise
Factors to consider • People: implications for workforce, customers/clients and changing lifestyles • Demand: changing demand for services • Premises: impacts on building design, construction, maintenance and facilities management • Process: impacts on the processes of service delivery • Finance: implications for investment, insurance and stakeholder reputation • Logistics: vulnerability of supply chain, utilities and transport infrastructure • Management implications: how will climate risks and impacts be managed effectively?
Risky Business What is your risk appetite, i.e. what risks are acceptable before you need to take action? Where should you draw the line? How likely is it that the impact will occur? Magnitude if impact occurs?
Low risk – No immediate action required. Monitoring. • Medium risk – Monitoring and action where necessary. Ensure your risk appetite has been considered, is your service willing to accept this level of risk? Should you act now to prevent escalation? • High risk – Action required immediately. Include action to reduce risk and decrease service vulnerability. Embed in existing risk management and business plans.
Next Steps: Developing an action plan