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Climate Change Policy S-CC-2

Proposals should demonstrate that for the lifetime of the proposal:

1. they are resilient to the effects of climate change, and
2. they will not have a significant adverse impact upon climate change adaptation measures elsewhere

In respect of 2) proposals should demonstrate that they will in order of preference:

a) avoid
b) minimise
c) mitigate the significant adverse impacts upon these climate change adaptation measures

Policy considerations

  1. Proposals should show that they are resilient to the direct and indirect effects of climate change during the installation, operation, maintenance and decomissioning phases.
  2. Proposals should avoid causing an adverse impact upon climate change adaptation measures elsewhere. If it is not possible to avoid an adverse significant impact, proposals may include (but not limited to) adjusting the area used or the times of the day or year when activities are operating, moving the activity or providing support for new activities that generate similar social benefits.
  3. Proposals (but not limited to) structures such as coastal defences or outfalls, natural processes such as sediment regimes or habitats should be considered when assessing the impacts from the proposal on climate change adaptation.
  4. It may be benefical to use the following when developing proposals:
  • UK Climate Change Projections that are produced using methodology designed by the Met Office
  • UK Government Climate Change Risk Assessments that describe the main priorities for adaptation to climate change in the UK
  • Marine Climate Change Impact Partnership reports
  • National Adaptation Programme reports
  • Shoreline Management Plans
  • Estuary Management Plans
  • Local Flood Risk Management Strategies

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