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Climate Change Risk Assessment 2017

Arcus Hydrology and Flood Risk - Flooding on the River Ouse in York

The UK Committee on Climate Change (CCC) released its second Climate Change Risk Assessment (CCRA) Evidence Report for government, officials and policy makers in July 2016. It summarises the latest evidence on the way climate change is likely to impact upon the different aspects of the UK’s natural, built and human environments and provides a measure of the urgency with which these need to be addressed.

DEFRA will use this Evidence Report to form the basis of a Government Report to be published in January 2017.

The CCRA is intended to form the basis of climate change adaptation policy making over the next 5 years and points to the risks and opportunities businesses and infrastructure providers are likely to face over that period.

Key points:

  • Climate change will create business risks and opportunities;
  • UK businesses are exposed to the risks of extreme weather around the world, which climate change will increase;
  • The most significant climate change risk to UK infrastructure is increasing frequency and severity of flooding;
  • Changes in temperature and rainfall will place additional pressure on infrastructure, in particular the rail, road, water and energy sectors;
  • Increases in maximum wind speeds experienced during storms could have significant implications for infrastructure networks;
  • There is evidence that significant adaptation steps are being implemented across most infrastructure sectors;
  • The impacts of climate change could be amplified by interdependencies between infrastructure sectors.

Arcus helps developers to understand the risks that climate change poses to their future projects through:

Life Cycle Assessment

Life cycle assessment quantifies the material and energy inputs and outputs of a project across its lifetime. It is a tool for understanding how a project will impact upon the climate and where changes can be made to mitigate any impacts.

Vulnerability Assessment

Vulnerability assessment identifies the ways in which a project might itself be impacted by the increasingly extreme weather events that result from climate change and considers how resilience to these impacts can be increased.

Flood Risk Assessments

We produce Flood Risk Assessments that identify the main flood risks to a development site and present recommendations for mitigating measures to reduce the impact of flooding to the site and surrounding area.  We build in allowances for climate change into our calculations to ensure that your development is future proofed against increases in river flow and rainfall intensity.

Climate Change Impact Assessment (CCIA)

Together, life cycle assessment and vulnerability assessment form the basis of climate change impact assessment, a new requirement for EIA planning submissions from May 2017.

If you require any advice in respect of the climate change impacts and/or vulnerabilities of your project, either in general terms, or in relation to any of our specialist services please do not hesitate to get in touch: environment@arcusconsulting.co.uk