Kent Climate Change Delivery Plan (2009) for the Kent Climate Change Network

Project information

Index: 0784R2
Priority:2: Environment and risk prevention
Sub Theme:Natural and technological risks (including climate change)
Location UNITED KINGDOM SOUTH EAST Kent Start/End date of the practice
Start: 2008-01-01
End: 2011-01-01

Topic of the practice

Climate Change mitigation and adaptation action plans

Good Practice Information

Kent County Council produced a Climate Change Delivery Plan for its local authorities to identify where partnership activity can be undertaken to reduce emissions (mitigation) and prepare for climate change (adaptation). The mitigation plan addresses carbon emissions across the public-, domestic-, travel and transport-, business- and planning sectors. The adaptation plan is process-based to help counties identify their priorities related to preparing for climate change. In addition, there are actions to increase communications and monitor progress. These targets are worked on across a Local Strategic Partnership (Kent Partnership) consisting of partners including other local authorities, emergency services, the NHS and business, among others. Also, the newly established Kent Climate Change Network consists of forerunners on energy efficiency and adaptation across the Kent partnership network. The Kent Climate Change Network maintains an ongoing communication via quarterly meetings, a web portal and a monthly e-bulletin. Strong governance structures and buy-in at a senior level are recognized as key to success. The partnership approach helped in meeting some of the implementation challanges i.e. institutional difficulties and lack of capacity.

Evidence of success

The national indicators are reported on annually and the TrACE (Tracking Actions on Carbon Emissions) tool developed by the Energy Saving Trust in the UK is also piloted across the Kent Climate Change Network. TrACE records carbon savings for each action undertaken across Kent. Both targets set in the Plan are in the process of being met but there is a need for continued push across partners. the effects induced by the action have been identified and measured but not fully complete as yet.

Contact details to obtain further information on the practice

Samantha Simmons

Kent County Council

Annex completed on: 04-15-2011

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