Adapting to climate change new British guide

Issue 27 – May 2011

In 2009, 58% of U.K. businesses reported some kind of disruption to their business as a result of extreme weather. Being prepared for climate variability and formulating a business response to climate change is becoming increasingly important. A new publication, BIP 2178:2011 Climate Change Adaptation. Adapting to climate risks using ISO 9001, ISO 14001, BS 25999, and BS 31100, is the essential guide for anyone looking to implement and effective climate change adaptation strategy.

Adapting to climate change involves making adjustments in response to the likely threats and opportunities from the projected changes to our climate. It can mean making physical alterations to premises, equipment, products, or services, as well as covering less tangible changes, such as adjustments to working arrangements, strategy, and contracts. BIP 2178:

  • brings together research, analysis tools, practical experience, and the latest climate projections
  • offers a logical and cost-effective approach to identifying future climate risks and embedding the management of those risks in an existing management system
  • features detailed guidance on integrating climate risks within four widely used management Standards
  • provides a tried and tested process for adaptation that can be applied to any relevant existing management system.

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