Low carbon economy to face climate change

Earth viewed from spaceThe UK Climate Projections (UKCP09) were published last week. These projections deliver climate information forecasts for the UK and its regions. The purpose of the projections is to provide relevant evidence that can help society and the environment cope with climate change.

The key findings confirm that climate change is a real and challenging issue to face:

“All areas of the UK get warmer, and the warming is greater in summer than in winter. There is little change in the amount of precipitation (rain, hail, snow etc) that falls annually, but it is likely that more of it will fall in the winter, with drier summers, for much of the UK. Sea levels rise, and are greater in the south of the UK than the north.”

The Department of Energy and Climate Change and Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs will lead a programme of action to tackle climate change based on the following five fronts:

  1. Protecting the public from immediate risks such as flooding, heat wave and coastal erosion just to mention a few.
  2. Preparing for future scenarios through adaptation policies.
  3. Limiting the severity of future climate change through a new international climate agreement.
  4. Building a low carbon UK.
  5. Support individuals, communities and businesses to play their part.

It’s the fourth point that gets my attention.

Connecting to Success - West Midlands Regional Economic StrategyThe West Midlands has been the leading region on this front. Connecting to Success, the West Midlands Regional Economic Strategy, has been recognised as the UK’s first low-carbon regional economic strategy.

Since then, the West Midlands has been focusing on delivering a low carbon economy which provides the unique opportunity to improve the productivity in the region while reducing the carbon emissions and tackling climate change.

At the Observatory we’ve been actively involved through providing evidence to assess the region’s progress in achieving a low carbon economy.

Our recent research related to low carbon and sustainable development includes:

If you’re short of time or not sure where to start, try our synthesis report (PDF, 358kb) which pulls together the key findings from all our low carbon research.

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