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Built environment to form part of landmark climate change study

Independently reviewed research into climate change mitigation will be used to inform UK government’s 2022 adaptation pla

Experts from the University of Exeter will lead work around compiling evidence on the opportunities and challenges posed by climate change to the building services sector and the broader UK economy.

A Call for Evidence has now been issued by the university, which has been charged by the independent Committee on Climate Change (CCC) to study adaptation measures that could reduce risks posed to society and business from changes to global temperature and weather patterns.

Findings from the report will be used to help inform the government’s planned 2022 risk assessment to consider the national and global impacts of climate change. The CCC provided a similar evidence report back in 2016 to inform the government’s second risk assessment.

Potential impacts on the built environment, along with business and industry, is one of several areas of study researchers will consider to better understand where adverse and extreme weather patterns can potentially be tackled through new approaches to infrastructure and planning.

Risk assessment methodologies, the probability and study of the potential magnitude of extreme weather events, as well as existing and emerging approaches to mitigate them within current and future infrastructure are among the subjects that the study will tackle.

Implications for the UK resulting from climate change impacts being felt elsewhere in the world, as well as current and potential abilities to address them, will also be considered in the wide-ranging report.

The University of Essex said it was particularly interested in studies that identify potential areas where certain climate change adaption measures risk being locked-in within national policy. This could also consider areas of adaptation where there may be insufficient expertise or support.

All evidence submitted as part of the study must either be in the form of academic papers in a range of relevant fields, or official reports from government, civil society and private organisations that have gone through an independent review process.

A deadline of May 10 has been set to receive evidence, with the university saying it will accept evidence presently in draft form should it be completed and have undergone an independent review by June 2020.

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