Climate SW - Increase your resilience to climate change - WECC 26 Feb 2014

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Jodie Davis, Climate SW slides from WECC Network Event 26 Feb 2014, 4.30 - 7pm.

This presentation aimed to help businesses assess their resilience to the effects of climate change.

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  • 1. Increase your resilience to a changing climate Low carbon South West February 2014 Jodie Davis, Climate SouthWest Project Manager
  • 2. National Adaptation Programme UKCP09 (projections) 2009 Policy Analysis and Development Building resilience to extreme weather and a changing climate
  • 3. National Adaptation Programme Structure • Divided into chapters:  Built environment  Infrastructure  Healthy and resilient communities  Agriculture and forestry  Natural environment  Business  Local government • Provides recommendations on where future work should be focused • Supported by ‘Economics of the NAP’ outlines impacts on economic activity £1 spent saves £4 Building resilience to extreme weather and a changing climate
  • 4. National Adaptation Programme Business: key actions for local areas • To increase number of people who have an accredited skill or qualification related to climate change adaptation • Utilise web-based risk assessment tools to increase the number of businesses undertaking climate change risk assessments • Climate UK to work with Local Enterprise Partnerships to assess and manage climate risks/opportunities for local economic growth • Climate Ready to work in partnership to develop the business case for actions to address the risks/opportunities from climate change • Capitalise on ambitions to grow the visitor economy and address climate related impacts • Promote and facilitate export opportunities for UK companies with adaptation expertise • Encourage supply chain resilience in priority business sectors Building resilience to extreme weather and a changing climate
  • 5. Weather versus climate? Climate - the average weather in a locality over a period of 30 years or more Weather – what is happening outside right now Adaptation? Mitigation – reducing our emissions of greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide (CO2) Adaptation – preparing for the unavoidable impacts of climate change Building resilience to extreme weather and a changing climate
  • 6. What we have seen so far 2014: flooding, Storms and...? 2001: flooding 2013: heat wave flooding storm 2003: heat wave 2012: drought flooding 2005: flooding 2010: flooding snow & ice 2000: flooding 2006: drought heat wave 2007: flooding 2008: flooding snow & ice 2009: flooding snow & ice Building resilience to extreme weather and a changing climate
  • 7. What we are seeing now • Prolonged unsettled weather • Cold snap in North America • Storms • Location and strength of jet stream brings storms across Atlantic • Active area of research Building resilience to extreme weather and a changing climate
  • 8. Current Impacts • • • • • • Loss of life Loss of rail line at Dawlish Warren Dawlish sea wall washed away 15,000 without power across SW Disruption to Paddington and Waterloo line to SW Flooding of Looe, Fowey, Newlyn, Porthleven and Mevagissey, Lynmouth, Bideford East-the-Water, Bishops Tawton, Dartmouth Devonport in Plymouth and Kingsbridge and Salcombe, • Flooding of the Somerset Levels Building resilience to extreme weather and a changing climate
  • 9. Q & A Session • How have you been affected by recent severe weather? • What has been your response? Building resilience to extreme weather and a changing climate
  • 10. What can we expect by 2050s Overall increase in temperature 2.7°C Increased winter precipitation 17% Decreased summer precipitation 20% Rising sea levels 26-29cm More frequent & intense extreme weather Building resilience to extreme weather and a changing climate
  • 11. What does it really mean? Our economy Our natural environment Marine Tourism & leisure Environmental Biotechnology technologies Food & drink Financial services Advanced engineering & aerospace Agriculture & horticulture Biodiversity, habitat, conservation & landscapes Coastal areas Forestry Sea fisheries Our society Housing Water Heritage Health resources & water quality River flooding & Transport Built drainage environment Building resilience to extreme weather and a changing climate
  • 12. Impacts on business • The South West has over 400,000 businesses & 99% are SMEs with < 250 employees • 2007 floods estimated to have cost UK business £740m. • 2011 snow: Federation of Small Businesses estimated this cost the economy £600million per day. • 49% of managers report that severe weather conditions caused disruption to their organisation over the last year (CMI, 2012) • 64% of UK businesses have suffered supply chain disruption due to extreme weather conditions (Zurich) • 70% of companies believe that climate change has the potential to affect their revenue significantly (CDP) Building resilience to extreme weather and a changing climate
  • 13. Impacts on business IEMA Guidance: Building the business case CBI ‘Whatever the Weather’ Managing the Risks from a Changing Climate Building resilience to extreme weather and a changing climate
  • 14. Ripple Exercise Loss of profit Access Flooding road flooded Staff can’t get to work Can’t open No deliveries Building resilience to extreme weather and a changing climate
  • 15. Impacts for businesses Challenges • • • • • Business continuity Recovery costs from events Increased insurance costs Health and safety risks Disruption to supply chain / movement of goods and services Opportunities • • • • New market opportunities – goods and services Recreational and leisure opportunities Opportunities to enhance reputation Reduced energy demand in winter Building resilience to extreme weather and a changing climate
  • 16. Help Available • HMRC time to pay: deferral of payment of taxes including VAT, PAYE and corporation tax for 3 months https://www.gov.uk/government/news/tax-helpline-launched-to-support-people-affected-by-flooding • Local Authority Business Rate Reliefs: Affected businesses will get 100% Business Rate relief for 3 months • Local Authority – Bellwin Scheme: the government is changing the terms of the scheme to help LA’s in England meet the immediate costs associated with protecting lives and properties. • Business to Business Help: A section has been set up on the GREAT Business Exchange to allow larger businesses to assist the smaller ones. http://greatbusinessexchange.co.uk/ • Repair and Renewal Grant - Businesses and homeowners can apply to their LA’s for grants of up to £5,000 to pay for repairs which improve a property’s ability to withstand future flooding • Support for Farmers: £10 million one-off grant designed to help farm businesses restore flooded agricultural land and bring it back into production as quickly as possible. • Business and Support/Advice helpline: Information and support, including a free one hour phone call with a business support advisor – 0300 456 3565 The Government has been able to negotiate support from the private sector; • Banking - A total commitment in excess of £750 million from the major banks to provide financial support to businesses and individual customers affected by the floods. • The UK Storm Business Fund – RBS have launched a £250 million storm fund which will provide interest free loans for 3 months. Building resilience to extreme weather and a changing climate
  • 17. How can improving your resilience benefit your business? • Improve goods and services • Protect existing customer base creating opportunities with new ones • Increases process efficiency • Cuts cost and drives profitability • Reduces likelihood of legal trouble • Lowers insurance premiums • Peace of mind for customers, suppliers, shareholders • Job security for staff Building resilience to extreme weather and a changing climate
  • 18. Tools to increase resilience Business Resilience Health Check • Interactive online tool • Identifies vulnerabilities • Produces bespoke prioritised action plan • Pilot workshops www.businessresiliencehealthcheck.co.uk Severe Weather Impacts Monitoring System (SWIMS) • • • • • Local authorities and partner organisations Measures cost of severe weather events Identifies impacts on services, communities, reputation and the environment Valuable decision-support tool Making the business case! Building resilience to extreme weather and a changing climate
  • 19. Exercise Introducing… the Business Resilience Health Check  A free online tool  Multiple choice  Generates a bespoke action plan Considers climate change impacts in the following business areas: • Premises • Operations • Finance • Insurance • Markets • Staff • Logistics Building resilience to extreme weather and a changing climate
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  • 29. Climate UK network Building resilience to extreme weather and a changing climate
  • 30. Climate SouthWest partnership Business & utilities Agriculture & forestry Built environment Biodiversity Transport Local authorities Tourism Health Building resilience to extreme weather and a changing climate
  • 31. Support available • Business Resilience Healthcheck Tool and training www.businessresiliencehealthcheck.co.uk • Change Adaptation Building the Business Case – IEMA guidance • CBI produced Whatever the Weather, Managing Risks from a changing Climate www.cbi.org.uk • Weathering the Storm - Saving and Making Money in a Changing Climate www.climate-em.org.uk • Climate UK www.Climateuk.net • Climate Ready Support Service www.environment-agency.gov.uk/research/137557.aspx • VisitEngland ‘Responding to extreme weather’ guidance for tourism businesses http://www.visitengland.org/flood-response/index.aspx Building resilience to extreme weather and a changing climate
  • 32. Climate SouthWest www.climatesouthwest.org info@climatesouthwest.org @ClimateSW Building resilience to extreme weather and a changing climate