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1 1 Tackling climate change in Kent Alison Cambray, Climate Change Project Manager Corporate Policy Unit, Kent County Council

2 2 Kents climate In Kent we can expect some of the greatest changes in the UK… Annual / seasonal averages Warmer, drier summers (spring, autumn too) Milder, wetter winters Rising sea levels Shifting seasons Extreme weather events More very hot days More intense downpours of rain Increased flood events Shorter return periods for high water levels at coast Changes in storminess, high winds / storm events

3 3 Change between 1961-2006 Average temperature has risen at least 1.4 C in Kent Summer rainfall patterns have changed

4 4 Tackling climate change in KCC Mitigation Adaptation Our estate and operations Our service delivery Our leadership role across the county

5 5 Kent Agreement 08-11 Economic theme: creating a low-carbon and climate change resilient economy Environmental theme: reducing Kents carbon footprint NI 186 NI 188

6 6 Kents carbon footprint

7 7 Reducing Kents carbon footprint Industry Domestic Public sector Local transport Target area to influence by 2011 Motorways + end user emissions Refineries Power Stations Gas Production Solid Fuel Production Large Industrial Processes: Chemical Cement Iron and Steel EU-ETS Businesses Voluntary sector Community projects Kent public sector Kent businesses & supply chains Citizen & existing community retrofitting & behaviour change Planning, new build Public transport

8 8 Carbon reduction target for Kent Based on Defras indicative estimates of projected reductions by 2011 Take lowest estimate and greatest range of uncertainty to maximise achievability (as precursor for post-2011 work) No interim or sector-specific targets at this stage Baseline7.8 tonnes per capita Target reduction11.2% Uncertainty range+/- 2.5%

9 9 Gas use 05-06

10 10 At home Insulate your home and turn down the heat Switch it off! Use green sources of energy Recycle and compost more, be water aware, be flood aware Contact the Kent Energy Centre for advice (0800 358 6669) Getting around Drive less, walk/cycle/use public transport more Drive a more efficient car – and drive more efficiently Fly less – and stay longer At the shops Buy local, seasonal food Avoid disposable and over-packaged goods Look for the labels Small steps, big difference

11 11 Began with interested local people Provides support to enable communities to: Baseline their carbon footprint Engage community to change behaviour Look at wider sustainability and adaptation issues Get local organisations, businesses & politicians involved Bid for funds, use of challenge fund Low carbon communities Supports innovative approaches Rippling into neighbouring communities / media coverage Produced practical and comprehensive toolkit

12 12 Next steps approach Strong support in surveys Scaling up, rippling out Multiple funding sources Proposed Kent-wide challenge fund (carbon- saving / awareness projects) (tbc) Proposed expert support for drawing up funding bids and accessing schemes (tbc) Continued toolkit development Broader communications and web portal work

13 13 Adapting to the changing climate Work is ongoing across Kent to… Understand the short, medium and long-term impacts that climate change has on services, infrastructure, communities Take a risk-based approach to prioritising action

14 14 Scoping impacts Is the operation currently affected by weather or climate (directly / indirectly)? Does the operation involve taking decisions with long-term consequences (decades) for land-use, built assets or people? Does the operation involve infrastructure or business areas that are sensitive to changes in weather or climate? Is the operation vulnerable to disruption of external factors such as utility supplies and transport infrastructure? Is it critical to the aims and objectives of the operation to maintain continuity of service during extreme weather events?

15 15 Business impacts People: implications for workforce, customers/clients and changing lifestyles Demand: changing demand for services Premises: impacts on building design, construction, maintenance (and facilities management) Process: impacts on the processes of service delivery Finance: implications for investment, insurance and stakeholder reputation Logistics: vulnerability of supply chain, utilities and transport infrastructure Management implications: how will climate risks and impacts be managed effectively?

16 16 An LCLIP… Is a Local Climate Impacts Profile Focuses on extreme weather events (can combine with longer-term trend data) Uses recent past to assess adaptation to current and future climate Focuses on vulnerabilities (not scenarios) Establishes meaningful local thresholds

17 17 Kent LCLIP At least 50 significant extreme weather events since 1997: 18 heavy rain / flooding13 freezing temps / snow 3 tornadoes10 storms / gales 2 prolonged droughts5 severe heatwaves Estimated costs (still to be validated) so far (excluding Operation Stack) of the order of: ~ £440m to the Kent community ~ £25m to KCC in additional direct costs Drains Elderly (approx. 130 extra deaths in 2003 heatwave in Kent Crime Retail Farmers Property (Fire & Rescue to 544 floods since 2002 / subsidence) Grassland fires Roads (water / heat / closures) Water supply Trains Schools (closed due to floods, heat, snow) Tourism Rivers (low flows, toxic algae) Power / phone lines Disease Significant +/- impacts on services & receptors e.g. For example, did you know? 75% of all weather events adversely affect the road network 130 extra vulnerable elderly people died in Kent in 2003 heatwave Hot weather increases crime, fires, disease; but benefits leisure, tourism, retail 544 flood events reported 2002-06 in Kent, many not in river or sea flood risk areas

18 18 Conclusion Potential opportunities for your Transition Town initiative: To contribute to Kent-wide action on climate change and sustainability To use (and help further develop) the Kent toolkit To bid for funds if and when available To feed into future climate change impacts monitoring and adaptation work To engage with other Kent-based community projects (Kent-wide events, web-based tools etc) For further action elsewhere in Kent to learn from your experience

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