Government Departments: Climate Change

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 14th November 2018.

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Photo of Virendra Sharma Virendra Sharma Labour, Ealing, Southall

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the long-term plans of each Department are able to react to the effects of climate change.

Photo of David Rutley David Rutley Assistant Whip (HM Treasury), Government Whip

The Government is committed to addressing the risks and tackling the effects from climate change.

Climate adaptation is integrated throughout policies and programmes across Government.

As set out in the Climate Change Act 2008, Defra publishes the Climate Change Risk Assessment every five years which highlights the climate risks requiring further action in the UK over the next five years. This is followed by the National Adaptation Programme which provides a common framework under which all Departments work together to demonstrate how the Government will address those risks and increase the nation’s resilience to climate change. The most recent National Adaptation Programme was published in July 2018.

Later this year the Government will publish, with the Met Office, an updated set of UK Climate Projections. This will be a key tool to help the Government, businesses and the public understand the future climate and enable them to make climate-resilient decisions.

The UK has been a leader in this area for more than a decade and will continue being one with clear and strong deliverables.

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