Climate adaptation

Hull Climate Adaptation Strategy

One of the commitments in the 2030 Hull Carbon Neutral Strategy is to develop a Climate Adaptation Strategy and Action Plan for the city by the end of 2021.

Over the next 12-18 months we will be holding consultation events and publishing discussion documents to gather as much detail as possible on the climate risks and adaptation challenges facing the city from climate change.

While we have a very well developed understanding and approach to the threat posed by increased rainfall, drought, tidal surge and sea level rise our understanding of some of the other impacts such as heatwaves, supply chain vulnerability and infrastructure are not so well understood.

If you would like to contribute to the development of the Adaptation Strategy and take part of the conversation over the next 12-18 months then please email climate.change@hullcc.gov.uk with the word “adaptation” in the title.

Climate Risk Assessment and Adaptation Planning Service to Organisations and Businesses

With the climate changing and increasing frequency and intensity of weather events (storms, flooding, tidal surges, heat waves) over the coming years it is important that the Council, residents, organisations and businesses in the City are able to understand the impacts of these events and take steps to minimise this impact. This is commonly known as climate adaptation or resilience and is an important part of how as a city we can carry on doing business in a world with a changed climate. 

The first step in understanding what impact these events might have is to undertake a Climate Risk Assessment. Through this organisations consider how their organisation has been affected in the past by such events and then takes a look into the future and considers how these and other events might affect your organisation going forward. 

For businesses and those providing a service it is equally important to understand how these events might affect your supply chain and how you can support your supply chain to become resilient, particularly if there are critical resources to your business or organisation that are vulnerable.

The Council has undertaken climate adaptation risk assessments of some of its key services as part of the process of understanding what we need to do. We have developed assessments with our Housing, Highways, Parks and Gardens and Waste Management Services. We are in the process of working with our Adult Social Care Services and Public Health to develop their assessments.

The Council’s Climate Change Team can assist businesses and organsiations in the city, for free, of whatever size to understand how they might be affected and what steps they can start to take to increase resilience. This does not always mean that you need to spend lots of money, some adaptations can be done just by changing current practices, making the right choices when you do invest and working with your staff, suppliers and customers.

If you would like some assistance in understanding how your organisation or business might be affected by the climate change and extreme weather events and how you can become more adapted please email the Climate Change Team at climate.change@hullcc.gov.uk to arrange a meeting or a phone call to see how we might be able to help you