Climate resilience and adaptation
Hampshire County Council is taking steps to prepare for the impacts of a changing climate
- What climate change means for Hampshire
- Hotter, drier summers
- Warmer wetter winters
- Increase in incidents of severe weather such as storms and flooding
These will impact on the services provided by Hampshire County Council such as highways and emergency planning. We are working in partnership to prepare for these impacts and minimise the risks to our communities.
- Action the council is taking
For many years Hampshire County Council has been building resilience to a changing climate by:
- building expertise
- developing knowledge
- working in partnership, and
- leading projects
We have worked with partners across the public sector to assess the risks and opportunities arising from climate change.
These risks formed the basis of the Corporate Adaptation Action Plan, which was adopted in 2011. In 2013, actions from the plan were then embedded through the Council in policies, plans and procedures. Work to build our resilience includes:
- Corporate Energy Strategy and Action Plan
- our role as a lead flood authority
- Hampshire and Isle of Wight Local Resilience Forum
- Strategic Asset Management Plan
- Operation Resilience
We also work with national Government to develop policies to support resilience activity at the local level.
Climate Resilience Toolkit Web app
This tool gives information and advice on how buildings can be designed and adapted to be more resilient to the effects of a changing climate. It was developed in partnership with the University of Winchester, Winchester City Council and Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust.
Performance Acceleration Climate Tool (PACT)
The Performance Acceleration Climate Tool (PACT) helps assess and improve organisations' capacity to respond to climate change. The tool highlights strengths and provides guidance through areas for improvement, and suggests where action needs to be focussed to achieve greatest progress. It was developed in partnership with Alexander Ballard Ltd.
Risk Assessment Tool
This tool was designed to help Local Authorities and other public sector bodies undertake a comprehensive assessment of the risks and opportunities to their organisation from the impacts of climate change.
The tool is available for other Local Authorities and Public Sector organisations to use, along with guidance developed though Hampshire County Council's experience of using the tool.
- Climate Local
Hampshire and its public sector partners continue to support Climate Local through producing a joint Climate Local document. This includes commitments from 13 organisations across Hampshire which aim to drive, inspire and support action on climate change.