Managing London’s Exposure to Climate Change

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Despite the best will in the world, climate change risk is often considered a next-generation, nebulous affair – hard to address with certainty and knocked down the priority list by housing shortages, economic woes or social ills. At local level, projected costs can be staggering, with catastrophic events also stripping funding from other needs in their aftermath.

In London, ageing infrastructure and buildings already struggle to cope with relatively minor heatwaves and rainfall. Climate change is increasing the frequency of minor events and the probability of acute flood, droughts, extreme storms and heatwaves. More than ever, the capital’s public assets and services need significant investment for retrofit and adaptation to these threats.

Through senior roundtables and a workshop, Managing London’s Exposure to Climate Change sought to help London public-asset owners, service providers and their partners build strong business cases for mitigating and adapting to climate change. Our report offers tried and tested approaches to reframe climate risk management as an opportunity.


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Managing London’s Exposure to Climate Change

Using case studies from London, the UK and beyond, this report highlights effective partnerships to adapt to or mitigate impacts of climate change on urban infrastructure, focusing on surface water flooding, overheating, and drought. Download the report.

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