The Impacts of Climate Change on Southend
In 2010 we carried out a Local Climate Impacts Profile ('LCLIP') to find out the effects that climate change could have on Southend.
The LCLIP found that the Borough is likely to feel the effect of:
- warmer and wetter winters
- hotter and drier summers
- an increased risk of coastal erosion
- more severe weather, such as coastal flooding and flash floods.
This helped us to identify 5 priority actions to reduce the most serious threats to the Borough:
|Taking a strategic approach to land use planning
- by making sure that new builds are in low flood risk areas
- by managing the pressures on land (urban, natural and agricultural) in face of the changing climate
- by enhancing green space in towns. To help surface water drainage and to cope with rising temperatures.
|Provide local infrastructure (energy, water, transport, waste and communications)
- and make sure that it can cope with rising temperatures
- make sure that this is resilient against extreme weather
- make sure that it takes into account changing demand for energy, water and travel.
|Designing and renovate buildings
- and ensure that they can cope with rising temperatures and floods
- reduce water use through choosing the right construction materials and better design.
|Manage natural resources sustainably
- by using water more efficiently
- by helping other species adapt and move as the climate changes
- by making space for water along rivers and the coast.
|Effective emergency planning
- through making use of weather forecasts to better prepare for extreme weather
- by creating plans that reduce the impact on the most vulnerable groups in society during heat-waves and floods
- by developing business plans based on high-quality climate risk information. So businesses can cope better with disruption to their supply chains and damage to their assets.