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Adapting to climate change

12 April 2018

Climate change is defined as a change of climate, whether it's attributed directly or indirectly to human activity, that alters the makeup of the global atmosphere.  


There are two ways in which to address climate change and increasingly unpredictable weather patterns:


  • Adaptation to the impacts of climate change such as protecting communities from water shortages, flooding heat wave and cold spells.
  • Mitigation to address the causes of climate change such as reducing carbon dioxide emissions.


Learn more about what the government's doing about climate change adaption.


Essex Local Climate Impact Profile

An Essex Local Climate Impact Profile was published in 2010, assessing the impact of weather events from January 2004 to December 2009 on local authority services, businesses and communities. This report provided support to help local authorities make informed adaptation decisions and develop action plans.

Adapting to Climate Change action plan

The council has produced an action plan which highlights the potential disruption severe climatic events could have on our services.
By planning and preparing for severe weather and the unpredictability of our climate, we hope to build resilience into our services and aim to reduce potential damage and cost.  An explanation of this plan is contained within the accompanying summary and non-technical summary.
The annual report reviews the progress of the action plan for 2015/16. Appendix year five gives a more detailed review of the services.
Previous annual reports 

Mini Guide: Why we need to adapt

This mini guide aims to provide an overview of our changing climate and extreme weather and makes the case for why it is important the council continues its action to adapt and mitigate the impacts from severe weather and a changing climate.


ECC is an observer partner to the STAR2Cs (Short Term Adaptation for long-term Resilience to Climate Change) project, which is funded by the Interreg 2 Seas Programme running from September 2017 to February 2021. The STAR2Cs aims to overcome the 'implementation gap' faced by local government adapting to climate change by:


  • developing a versatile method to identify cost-effective mechanisms to deliver local adaptation measure through better understanding of long-term cost and benefits of proactive adaptation
  • building stakehole knowledge and ability to participate in effective 'future-proofed' decision making
  • demonstrating the success of this approach to encourage wider roll-out across the 2 Seas area and beyond to stimulate an increase in implementation of adaptation measures and actions.


Anticipated outcomes:


  • reduction in total cost of floofing and climate change
  • tools and support to deliver adaptation measures tailoed o local scenarios
  • implemented adaptations plans, where adaptation actions are integrated into a local policy and srategy.


For more information, visit the project website


Building Resilience in Essex Communities

The BREC project aimed to understand how five Essex communities responded to climate change and what support they needed to improve their community resilience and quality of life for residents.
In March 2012 Big Lottery Communities Living Sustainably awarded £10k to develop a project concept which resulted in the overall vision of BREC:
 BREC seminar
On 25 April 2013 a seminar was held to look looking at how we manage and reduce the effects of flooding and what individuals and communities can do to support this. See the presentation slides.