Council approves climate change action plan

The City of Edinburgh Council has approved a framework to help the city adapt to the impact of climate change.

Resilient Edinburgh: Climate Change Framework 2014-2020 sets out a strategic approach to building resilience to the effects of a changing climate.

The report, approved by the Transport and Environment Committee on Tuesday, aims to address predicted changes to Edinburgh’s climate, which include warmer summers, wetter winters and a rising sea level.

As well as identifying risks, the framework has proposed a series of high level actions to address these, including monitoring the impacts of climate change on transport infrastructure and assessing the threat to the city’s property and land use planning.

In addition, the framework will compliment activities to reduce energy and carbon emissions across the city, working alongside the Sustainable Energy Action Plan

Following committee approval of the report, work will now begin on an adaptation action plan, in partnership with key organisations across the city, setting out in detail how the city will manage the risks of a changing climate. The draft action plan will be brought to committee towards the end of 2015.

Transport and Environment Convener, Councillor Lesley Hinds, said: “Climate change is a very real challenge, faced on both a global and a local level, and we want to do all we can to prepare for it.

“We want to involve as many people as possible in developing the framework, concentrating on practical actions and engaging with communities to see what we can do in this city.”

Committee members also agreed to consider a report on the potential for joining the ‘Mayors Adapt’ initiative. This aims to encourage networking between cities, increasing support for local activity, by encouraging participants to sign a political statement, committing to developing a comprehensive local adaptation strategy or to integrating climate adaptation into existing plans.

The report will be heard at a forthcoming committee.

Find out more about climate change on the Council website.

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