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Somerset County Council Climate Change Strategy Abigail Stretch Sustainable Development Officer
What is Somerset County Council doing to tackle climate change? Energy Awareness & Efficiency Renewable Energy in Schools Somerset Bio-fuel Project Wind Energy Initiative
The Somerset Climate Change Strategy Climate Change the UK Programme 2006 “Local authorities are uniquely placed to provide vision and leadership to local communities, raise awareness and help change behaviours. In addition, through their powers and responsibilities..... they can have significant influence over emissions in their local areas” The role of Somerset County Council in dealing with climate change
The Somerset Climate Change Strategy Somerset County Council Climate Change Strategy two main elements to the Strategy 1.Adaptation – preparing for the predicted impacts of climate change on the County. 2.Mitigation – dealing with the causes of climate change parallel programme Rising to the Challenge – SCC programme, DEFRA funded, to raise public understanding of the effects of climate change on Somerset
The Somerset Climate Change Strategy hotter drier summers warmer wetter winters rising sea levels increased frequency and intensity of storms Adaptation Strategy What are the predicted effects of Climate change on Somerset/ what are we adapting to?
The Somerset Climate Change Strategy Identifying service level impacts and actions South West Climate Change Impacts Partnership Report “Warming to the idea” summarises the likely impacts of climate change on the SW Region and sets out what needs to needs to be done to adapt. Methodology for Preparation of Climate Change Adaptation Action Plan
The Somerset Climate Change Strategy Climate change will impact on a range of sectors Agriculture, horticulture, forestry Coastal issues and marine fisheries Biodiversity River flooding and drainage Water resources and water quality Built environment and housing Transport Utilities Health Tourism and leisure Environmental services and biomass energy Financial services Food and drink Adaptation Strategy
The Somerset Climate Change Strategy Environmental Regeneration Property Services Property Consultancy Regulation Strategic Policy Access and Communications Civil Contingency Highways Transport Development Economic Development Financial Services Adult Primary Care Children Social Care Scientific Services Adaptation Strategy Key SCC Services affected by climate change
The Somerset Climate Change Strategy Adaptation Strategy Group Managers in all Service Areas will: identify the potential impacts of climate change on service delivery assess the level of risk or opportunity specify appropriate actions for inclusion in Service Delivery Plans report to Directorate – concise bullet point list : potential impacts level of risk or opportunity appropriate actions relevant theme – Community Leadership, Service Provision, Managing the Council Estate Action Plan Reports will be amalgamated to form SCC Climate Change Adaptation Action Plan
The Somerset Climate Change Strategy 6,000 km2 land, 32,500 properties strategic transport links - M5 & railway - in the flood risk zone Adaptation Strategy Climate Change increases the risk of flooding
Probability of severe tidal flood increases to 1 year in 17 by 2060 if high emissions scenario continues The Somerset Climate Change Strategy
Adaptation Strategy key points for action plan on flooding risk -Environment Agency responsible for flood risk management; -Finite national flood defence budget does not permit maintenance of current level of flood protection as risk increases with climate change through time; -Optimum solutions will be obtained through coordinated approach involving all stakeholders; -SCC has responsibility as community leader to coordinate county wide response to climate change; -SCC will develop coordinated response through Water Management Partnership, Somerset Strategic Partnership and Somerset Strategic Planning Conference.
Mitigation Strategy global mean temperature – range of emission scenarios The Somerset Climate Change Strategy
Mitigation Strategy reducing greenhouse gas emissions RPG 10- local authorities should support and encourage the attainment of regional targets of 20% CO 2 emissions reductions by 2010
The Somerset Climate Change Strategy SCC Carbon Management Plan will: publish baseline carbon emissions for key service areas in the SCC Estate produce carbon emissions reduction target for SCC Estate monitor progress in year on year carbon emissions reductions Mitigation Strategy reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the County Estate
Key service areas – Sustainable Development Property Services Waste Services Transport Procurement Planning Street Lighting Facilities Management The Somerset Climate Change Strategy Mitigation Strategy reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the County Estate
The Somerset Climate Change Strategy Mitigation Strategy reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the County Estate Group Managers in key service areas will use the Nottingham Declaration Action Pack to: calculate baseline carbon emissions in their service area review options for emissions reductions set targets and incorporate into departmental service plans report to Directorate on baseline emissions, targets and outcomes for carbon emissions reductions in their sector Directorate Action Plan Reports will be amalgamated to form SCC Carbon Management Plan
The Somerset Climate Change Strategy SCC Carbon Management Programme will be used to promote best practice in reducing carbon emissions: through partnership working with stakeholders throughout the County Raise energy awareness & promote best practice through leading by example. Continue successful implementation of SCC Renewable Energy Strategy with flagship partnership projects in key sectors; The Somerset Biofuel Project The Somerset Wind Energy Initiative Energy from waste Woodfuel heating Building integrated renewables Mitigation Strategy supporting the County to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
The Somerset Climate Change Strategy Climate Change Strategy now in final draft stage. To Scrutiny Committee and Executive Board prior to release as consultation document production timetable - Finish draft strategycompleted April Environment Leaders15 May Environment scrutiny sub-committee 22 May Executive20 June Public Consultation via SSPJuly/Aug Environment scrutiny sub-committee4 Sept Council (agreement of strategy)Nov 07 Adoption of Climate Change Strategy will be the starting point for an evolving programme of work across the Authority dealing with the causes and effects of climate change on Somerset. Climate Change Strategy Timetable
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