March 2024 Newsletter

Posted on 26/04/24 by Yisum Heneghan

📢 Announcements 

  1. Climaax’s Open Call invites public bodies to apply for up to 300,000 EUR for your region’s climate protection. CLIMAte risk and vulnerability Assessment framework and toolboX (CLIMAAX) is an EU-funded project (2023-2026) fueling regional resilience. It is committed to furnishing practical assistance, aiding in the implementation of methodological frameworks, and facilitating the utilisation of the supporting Toolbox for conducting comprehensive multi-risk climate assessments. It launched the first Open Call for Regions and communities to select regions and communities that will implement the CLIMAAX methodological framework and the supporting CRA Toolbox to carry out their regional and local multi-risk assessments. They are looking for individual applications from public bodies and non-profit legal entities to design and implement a comprehensive climate multi-risk assessment. The original deadline, set on the 8th of March 2024, has been extended to the Friday, 22nd March to allow UK entities to apply. 
  1. Pathways2Resilience is a key contributor to the implementation of the EU Mission On Adaptation to Climate Change. The programme will allocate €21 million in sub-grants via 2 open calls to support at least 100 European regions and communities to co-design locally-led resilience pathways. This first call aims to provide 40 regions/communities with financial support through subgrant agreements, up to a maximum amount of €210,000, along with supporting services and capacity building activities for subgrants lasting up to 18 months. The selection process will prioritise regions/communities with heightened vulnerability and low adaptive capacity to climate change impacts. This call aims to put together a diverse and inclusive portfolio of regions, ensuring a comprehensive validation of the P2R framework. The Pathways2Resilience call 1 deadline is being extended until Monday 6 May 2024 12:00 CET to allow UK entities to apply. 


🗒️ Report released 

Arup’s Report: Properties Vulnerable to Heat Impacts in London: Arup was commissioned by the Mayor of London to establish heat risk across the capital’s homes, neighbourhoods and essential properties in the wake of climate change. This was done with its heat-mapping tool, UHeat, a combination of satellite imagery and open-source climate data to analyse huge areas of cities. It can identify the buildings, structures and materials causing temperatures to rise. “The materials we use to build, like concrete and metal, absorb heat in the day and emit it at night. Commonly referenced as the urban heat island (UHI) effect, factors including heat emitted from cars and air-conditioning units, exacerbate the impact and human experience of heat in cities,” Arup said. 

In particular, Arup’s report focuses on the city’s “essential properties” such as schools, hospitals, care homes, residential buildings and neighbourhoods. It also highlights a direct correlation between a higher heat risk and areas that have greater socio-economic vulnerabilities. 


📰 News 

NGOs, local governments sign declaration calling on EU to up climate adaptation efforts EURATIV – 9th Feb 2024 

Botanical gardens ‘most effective’ green space at cooling streets in heatwaves The Guardian – 23rd Feb 2024 

Climate change (adaptation and mitigation) and financing Africa CNBC Africa – 23rd Feb 2024 

‘Biggest-ever investment’: 40 natural flood management projects to receive £25m in funding Business Green – 23rd Feb 2024 

‘Significant’: Government quietly toughens approach to councils requiring more than 10% net gain ENDS Report – 19th Feb 2024 

Net zero economy grew 9% in 2023 to be worth £74 billion, report says The Independent – 27th Feb 2024

📂 Consultations 

Environment Agency consultation: charge proposals for water discharges:  

The Environment Agency has reviewed their permitting and regulatory activity for water quality activities alongside the water industry transformation programme. Their charges proposals for water discharges (including groundwater activities) are set out in this consultation. They invite you to share your views on their proposed changes to charge. Consultation ends on 11 March 2024.  

The Future Homes and Buildings Standards: 2023 consultation 

The government is committed to improving energy efficiency and reducing the carbon emissions of new homes and non-domestic buildings. This consultation sets out our plans for achieving the Future Homes Standard and Future Buildings Standard. It sets out technical proposals for changes to the Building Regulations, the associated Approved Document guidance and calculation methods. This consultation was scheduled for 12 weeks from 13 December 2023 to 6 March 2024. This deadline has now been extended another 3 weeks to 11:59 on 27 March 2024.