Kent Climate Change Delivery Plan (2009) for the Kent Climate Change Network
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
Kent County Council
Annex completed on: 04-15-2011