Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland

Adapt to Climate Change

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What is Adaptation?

The evidence that our climate is changing is clear, and adaptation is the process of:

  • Dealing with current changes
  • Preparing for future changes

Detailed risk assessments have been carried out, and both the Northern Ireland Assembly and the Scottish Government have developed Climate Change Adaptation Programmes. Areas where action may be required include the fabric of buildings, flood risk, transport, crops and forestry, and heating or cooling in your buildings.

Key steps for a business involve:



Get information and help

You can get information and practical help, and view case studies and good practice at:

Northern Ireland: Climate Northern Ireland

Scotland: Adaptation Scotland


Further information

Defra has published Climate Change Risk Assessments for Northern Ireland and Scotland:

Defra: Climate Change Risk Assessment for Northern Ireland

Defra: Climate change Risk Assessment for Scotland

You can also access Risk Assessments for a range of business sectors.

Defra: All Climate Change Risk Assessments

At the EU level:

European Environment Agency: Climate Change Adaptation

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