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What is climate change?

A change in the state of the climate is known as climate change. The Earth is already experiencing the effects of climate change: in the last 100 years a 0.74°c rise in global temperature has occurred, of which, a 0.4°c rise occurred in the last 30 years. This trend of increasing global temperature is accelerating

South Tyneside Climate Change Projections

To try and determine the affect that climate change will have on the North East, scientists have carried out studies in an attempt to foresee future changes.

By 2050 it is expected that the North East will experience:

  • Average winter temperature increase of approximately 2°c
  • Average summer temperature increase of approximately 2.5°c
  • Average winter rainfall increase of approximately 11%
  • Average summer rainfall decrease of approximately 14%

Climate Change Adaptation

Our climate is changing and even if we were to make a significant impact on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions today, we would still be faced with several decades of a changing climate. Therefore, we not only have to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions but also adapt to inevitable implications from climate change. There is no choice between mitigation and adaptation, these two actions are synergistic and will complement each other.

The implications from climate change will increase with time so we all need to adapt our vulnerable systems, assets and management approaches to this challenge, both individually and cooperatively.

The North East Climate Adaptation Study was a pioneering study looking at the likely impacts of climate change in the North East of England, identifying which areas will be most affected and what needs to be done in order to prepare and adapt to climate change.

Risks from Climate Change

The activities of all businesses may be affected by climate change. These disruptions could be caused by:

  • Flooding
  • Storms
  • Extreme temperatures
  • Extreme rainfall
  • Reduced water availability
  • Power disruption

Preparing for the Unexpected

Did you know?

  • Nearly one in five businesses can suffer disruption every year
  • 80% of businesses affected by a major incident without a business continuity plan either never re-open or close within 18 months
  • 90% of businesses that lose important information from a disaster are forced to shut within two years.

Business Continuity Plans
Companies that have a business continuity plan are statistically more likely to remain in business following an emergency or major incident.

A business continuity plan ensures a company can function in the event of an emergency.

  • Do you have a business continuity plan?
  • Does it include procedures for employees?
  • Does it include a list of important contacts such as emergency services, insurance, landlord details, staff details, suppliers and other key stakeholders?

Risk Assessment
The UK Climate Impacts Programme (UKCIP) helps organisations adapt to inevitable climate change. While it is essential to reduce future greenhouse gas emissions, the effects of past emissions will continue to be felt for decades.

The UKCIP Business Areas Climate Impacts Assessment Tool (BACLIAT) helps businesses explore the potential implications of climate change to their organisation or sector. The BACLIAT comprises a checklist for assessing the potential impacts of climate change under the headings logistics, finance, markets, process, people, premises and management implications.

Visit UK Climates Impact Programmefor advice and information on conducting a climate change risk assessment.

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