Posted on 25/05/23 by Jude Hassall
Welcome to the LCCP May newsletter, which combines April and May content. Our major news for this month is that we are now able to announce the new chair and deputy chair of the LCCP, see item 1 below.
This has also been a big month for one of our partners, the Environment Agency, who have launched the first major update of the world leading Thames Estuary 2100 plan. You can see the letter from the external advisory group who worked on the plan to the Secretary of State summarising their 4 key recommendations for further action here.
LCCP announces new Chair
The LCCP is delighted to announce that Bob Ward has been appointed chair of the partnership. Bob was previously deputy chair of the partnership. Bob is the Policy and Communications director of the Grantham Institute for Climate Change. A press release has been drafted to support this announcement. Bob will be joined by Sam Longman who was appointed deputy chair of the partnership. Sam is the Head of Sustainability and Corporate Environment for Transport for London. The Chair, working closely with the deputy will now lead the development of our workplan for the coming years, and look at how we expand the partnership and our offer to partners.
IAA release new report – The Climate Change Adaptation Gap: An Actuarial Perspective (actuaries.org) – An adaptation gaps exists and actuaries can play an important role in inter-disciplinary assessment and discussion of adaptation measures and the role of, and impact on, financial systems. The role of actuaries in relation to insurance, pensions, investments and social security systems will include advising on protection gaps, vulnerabilities, insurability and resilience.
Integrated Water management strategy work – GLA – helping boroughs develop a catchment based approach to managing water resources.
CIWEM surface water management report – https://www.ciwem.org/policy-reports/surface-water-management-a-review-of-the-opportunities-and-challenges
The research was commissioned and funded by the Association of SuDS Authorities (ASA), the Local Government Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Technical Advisors Group Water (LG FCERM TAG) and the London Drainage Engineers Group.
The report aims to identify opportunities and challenges for the Risk Management Authorities (primarily local authorities) managing surface water looking into cooperation, collaboration, funding, capacity and skills.
UKHSA severe weather plan – https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/1155633/Adverse-weather-health-plan-2023-v2.pdf
Environment Agencies Thames Estuary 2100 – 10 year plan update to be launched May 17th – highlights of key changes here: Major updates to Thames Estuary 2100 from 2012 to 2023 – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
Unprecedented investment in drought response plan to maintain agricultural productivity – Spain – Unprecedented €2.2bn drought response plan approved in Spain | Spain | The Guardian
Impacts of India’s recent heatwave – India’s heatwaves putting economy, development goals at risk – study | Reuters
Climate change impacts not taken into account in siting of nuclear power plants – Weatherwatch: concerns over climate impact on UK nuclear power sites | Nuclear power | The Guardian
Government Flooding and health assessment – addressing and raising awareness of the health impacts of flooding – Flooding and health: assessment and management of public mental health – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
Flood:Re and Government launch flood awareness campaign – Flood Re launches ‘Be Flood Smart’ campaign in partnership with Environment Agency – Reinsurance News
LCAW – multiple events happening w/c 24th June – LCCP and LSE to hold an event on extreme heat –
LCAW website – https://www.londonclimateactionweek.org/
Resilience First – held their Rethinking Urban Resilience event at Jacob’s offices on Tuesday 23rd May. The LCCP spoke about the need for collaboration, partnership working and systems thinking to help solve some of the challenges of hollowed out city centres and called for climate resilience with all of the additional benefits it can bring to cities, should be at the heart of urban regeneration. Find out more about this event and others from Resilience First here: Events and Webinars | Resilience First
Consultations Government’s Strategy and Policy Statement for energy policy in Great Britain – consultation closes 2nd August 2023 – https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/strategy-and-policy-statement-for-energy-policy-in-great-britain