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Tackling climate change

In 2012 Lincolnshire County Council signed the Climate Local Agreement committing the Council to addressing both the causes and effects of climate change.

Climate Local is a LGA (Local Government Association) initiative and follows on from the previous Nottingham Declaration, committing the Authority to working across all areas to reduce carbon emissions and embed longer term adaptive actions.

The LCC sustainability team have created a risk assessment tool, which supports all LCC teams in understanding the impact that climate change will have on what they do. The team works across LCC and uses the risk assessment tool to create a comprehensive adaptation action plan.

LCC continue to work in collaboration with other local authorities, sharing information, ideas and resources to help protect Lincolnshire from the effects of Climate Change. Previous work on adaptation continues with the following steps incorporated into the new Climate Local Agreement work:

1. A Local Climate Impact Profile

The first step to adaptation was the completion of a Local Climate Impact Profile (LCLIP) which identified the vulnerability of local authority services to severe weather events over the last 10 years. This provided general awareness raising throughout the authorities and identified priority services that were affected

Evidence from the LCLIP revealed that past and current weather and climate already impact on Lincolnshire County Council services. The most significant weather events to have impacted are;

  • Floods - Summer 2007
  • Storms - January 2007
  • Snow events - January 2004, February 2009
  • Heat waves - Summer 2003, 2006

The majority of services have been impacted by these weather events, whether this is directly or indirectly. Services most significantly affected are Highways and Traffic (impacted by 70% of weather incidents), Emergency Planning Services, Customer Service Centre (CSC), Transport Services and Children’s Services.

To find out more information about how Lincolnshire County Council and its districts were affected by severe weather events please click on the download below.

2. Comprehensive Risk Assessment Process

Comprehensive risks assessments were carried out for 21 services within the council. Scores were given for the likelihood and severity the identified risk would have on the service, under different projected climate change over 3 timescales 2020s, 2050s and 2080s. Adaptation requires future planning so it is essential that service managers look at impacts to their services now that will affect them in the future and start implementing changes now.

Some of the Impacts of climate change?

Threats

  • Increased risk of flooding and severe weather
  • Less water for domestic and other uses
  • Poorer working conditions for staff, demand for cooling causes higher energy use
  • Higher risk of skin cancer/sun burn due to hotter summers and increased outdoor recreation
  • Heat stress to the old, poor and vulnerable people likely to increase
  • Subsidence damage to buildings
  • Added stress on biodiversity

Opportunities

  • Switching to renewable energy could reduce energy bills
  • Bio fuel crops
  • New food crops/ garden plants creating new markets
  • Environmental technology markets
  • Increased income from tourism

3. Production of an Adaptation Action Plan

By prioritising the risks it is clear that there are 3 main areas that the council will be vulnerable unless adaptive measures are incorporated into plans now. This is our building stock, our transport system and our IT infrastructure. All risks were prioritised based on their scores on the risk assessment; these risks will feed into the Adaptation Action Plan.

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Last updated: 7 December 2017

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