Climate Ready provides tools and information to help businesses and other organisations live with the changing climate, now and in the future.
We work with key sectors of the UK economy and can help you find the best resources, tools and guidance as you start your journey towards becoming a ‘Climate Ready’ organisation.
This process is sometimes referred to as adaptation, but for many organisations also includes risk management and resilience planning.
Our information will help you plan your response to the changing climate:
How will planning for the changing climate help you?
Flooding, heatwaves and drought can disrupt business continuity and community services by interrupting supply chains, damaging property and infrastructure, and affecting working conditions for staff. Food production and the natural environment will also be affected.
8 Good reasons to consider climate change in your management and business planning
- Being able to deliver your services irrespective of the weather is good for your reputation and ensures longevity for your business or organisation.
- Planned change is more cost effective and less expensive than last minute, reactive actions. It has been estimated that every £1 spent on adaptation could save £4 in avoided damages. Some changes that can make you more resilient can be made without any direct costs such as changes to policy or procedures.
- Incorporating the changing climate into your planning can help you identify new opportunities and challenges. If you fail to spot these, you might find yourself at a disadvantage compared to others in your field.
- Making changes now helps you to cope with current extreme weather events as well as future changes in the climate.
- Decision-making on the basis of historic climate is no longer advisable. Average conditions are changing as well as the frequency of extreme weather events, so if you are using historic data you are likely to be caught out.
- No matter how successful we are in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, some degree of climate change is now unavoidable.
- Insurers, investors and government increasingly require that climate change be taken into account in decision-making.
- Improve your business decisions, for example, consider where you locate new premises to reduce the risk of flooding, and construct them to cope with higher temperatures.