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5 December 2014 Insights
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New long-term investment scenarios point to the need for much greater flood resilience

On Tuesday, two much-awaited flood investment documents were published (see previous blog). Both Defra’s six-year Investment Plan and the Environment Agency’s Long-Term Investment Scenarios (LTIS) paint a positive picture of how much can be achieved in managing flood risk in the coming years. But the devil is in the detail, and these initial thoughts may […]
4 December 2014 News story
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CCC comment – 2014: A year of record-breaking temperatures

Yesterday the Met Office reported that human influence is an important factor in possible global and UK temperature records. Early figures show 2014 is on course to be one of, if not the warmest, year on record both worldwide and for the UK.
1 December 2014 Insights

Six flood defence questions the Autumn Statement should answer

On Wednesday, the Autumn Statement is expected to make significant announcements about future investment in flood and coastal defence. No new money is expected.  Instead, two major publications have been promised: A six-year capital investment plan: a list of individual flood and coastal schemes in England that are expected to be funded between now and […]
27 November 2014 Insights

Adapting to flood risk in a changing climate

our latest blog post asks: is current policy helping to address the expected increase in future flood risk? 
25 November 2014 Insights
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The IPCC Report and the UK 2050 target

This month saw the release of the new Synthesis Report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The previous IPCC assessment, back in 2007, was a key piece of evidence in setting the UK’s 2050 target to cut national emissions by at least 80% below what they were in 1990. So it makes sense […]
11 November 2014 Insights

Going electric

CCC analysis shows that the UK needs 60% of new cars and vans to be electric by 2030 to meet our 2050 climate change targets, but with this figure currently at less than 1%, there are big public perception barriers to overcome.
5 November 2014 Insights

National Audit Office finds evidence of under-investment in flood risk management

The latest value for money audit by the government’s spending watchdog finds good value being achieved with the money being spent on flood risk management.  That should come as no surprise, with the often quoted figure of investment in flood defences delivering £8 in benefits per £1 spent. The NAO found that the average benefit-to-cost ratio […]
28 October 2014 News story
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“Significant weakening” of plans to manage flood risk from new development

Lord Krebs, Chairman of the Adaptation Sub-Committee has written to Elizabeth Truss, the Environment Secretary, to express concerns about how the government now intends to encourage the use of sustainable drainage systems (SuDS) in new development.
28 October 2014 Publication
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Letter: Consultation on delivering Sustainable Drainage Systems

A letter from Lord Krebs, Chairman of the Adaptation Sub-Committee expressing concern about how the Government now intends to encourage the use of sustainable drainage systems in new development
21 October 2014 Insights

Zero carbon buildings are becoming a reality

The UK’s buildings have the reputation of being old, draughty and expensive to heat. Fortunately, this has been changing slowly as building regulations have gradually required ever higher energy efficiency standards. As of 2016, all new homes will have to be built to ‘zero carbon’ standards (with commercial buildings set to follow in 2019), i.e. […]