This presentation summarises a research project undertaken in Q2 of 2013 looking at how different organisations are planning for adaptation to climate change. Based on discussions with leaders from over 20 companies around the world and supported by additional analysis, it looks at a number of issues in and around adaptation.
Key areas covered are:
Foresight and Future Agenda
The Context For Adaptation
Adaptation Policy and Plans
Variations by Geography
Impact of Cities
Levels of Adaptation Activity
Implications and Trade Offs
This is designed as an initial view of where thinking is currently at, what are some of the key shifts taking place and what are some of the major challenges. It is not meant to be the answer but more to layout the challenge and identify some of the key questions and trade offs we need to consider both globally and locally as we learn to live with effects of global warming and a 4C warmer world.
Further discussions on and around this topic will take place later this year as part of our ongoing refresh of emerging views in and around the impacts and implications of climate change.
The Future Agenda programme is the world’s first global open foresight initiative. Supported in 2010 by Vodafone Group, this is a major cross-discipline project that united some of the best minds from around the globe to address the greatest challenges of the next decade. In doing so, it mapped out the major issues, identified and discussed potential solutions, suggested the best ways forward and provided a unique open platform for collective innovation at a higher level than has been previously been achieved. The first programme involved over 2500 experts in 50 workshops around the world and engaged on-line with another 20,000 people in 147 different countries. Many companies, governments and other organsiations around the world are using insights from the Future Agenda to identify major growth platforms for the future. A second programme looking at the world in 2025 is scheduled for 2015.
Since the first programme, we have been undertaking a number of deep dives into specific areas of interest to companies. These have ranges from the emerging role of women in India, the increasing influence of cities and the future of work through to specific implications of emerging changes on sectors including banking, FMCG, transportation and healthcare. The Adaptation to Climate Change is the latest of these deep dives.