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Our climate change plan, progress and current priorities.

The DCMS Climate Change Plan 2010-2012 (31 March 2010) describes how we will address the challenge of climate change through mitigation – carbon reduction and adaptation – managing the adverse effects of climate change. It sets out what actions we will deliver to adapt policy, departmental processes and estate to a changing climate, for ourselves and Non-Departmental Public Bodies (NDPBs). 

We have already:

  • established a DCMS Climate Change Board to create a mechanism for looking at the research/evidence, financial, policy and practical measures relating to the climate change agenda
  • commissioned Arup to:
    • explore the climate change impacts on our sectors
    • produce a risk analysis
    • produce sector briefs outlining the key risks for culture, sport, tourism and the creative industries
    • produce guidance on building resilience (including financial) to the impacts of climate change.

The findings of Arup's research is to be published in late summer 2010.

Current priorities

Our current priorities are to:

  • provide our sectors with information, evidence and support to help effectively embed adaptation into business processes, capital investments and policy development. The risks of climate change and sustainability will be key considerations when making future capital investments, and in procurement and risk management. We are encouraging key strategic NDPBs to take a similar approach
  • continue to play a positive role in raising awareness and generating debate in our sectors of the likely impacts of climate change and helping them to understand what they can do  in response
  • provide further forums for policy makers and front-line practitioners to promote and share best practice and identify emerging issues across the sectors
  • continue to implement and promote sustainability, low carbon measures and adaptation with the planning for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games
  • develop specific adaptation plans for our sectors

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