Newcastle upon Tyne -
Main motivation for taking adaptation action
Adaptation is crucial to create a working city and decent neighbourhoods, and to tackle inequalities. Being climate resilient supports jobs and inward investment and minimises supply chain disruptions. Socio-economic impacts of climate change such as on mental health, property and possessions, and education, could worsen inequality, potentially leaving those citizens who are most affected with fewer possibilities to respond and recover. The City is keen to ensure that these groups are not disproportionately impacted by climate change.
Have you already developed an adaptation strategy?
Yes, we have an adaptation strategy
Name of the strategy/ plan (If adopted)
Citywide Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan / Newcastle Climate Adaptation work programme
Weblink of the strategy/ plan
Summary of the strategy/plan
The 2010 citywide climate change strategy set out work to assess historic weather events, raise awareness of adaptation, establish a practitioners network and gather evidence. The draft work programme lays out evidence as well as priority actions in the following areas: the Built Environment, Infrastructure, Healthy and Resilient Communities, Businesses, and Council Services.
Planned adaptation actions
The Council is considering climate change in key services and City development, including planning, flood risk management and the City's Wellbeing for Life strategy. It is carrying out a risk assessment of the Council's own services, as well as moving forward with a project to assess the risks to key economic sites within the City, both directly and in terms of supply chains, as part of developing a climate-resilient economy. The municipality is considering climate change in the renovation of its own buildings, as well as in key housing sites.
Good practice / spotlight item
Social vulnerability to flooding in Newcastle upon Tyne
In 2014, Newcastle used new data from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation to understand socio-economic factors that affected communities' ability to prepare for, respond to, and recover from, extreme weather and climate change. The set of maps show the vulnerability of communities to flooding and heat across Newcastle upon Tyne, accounting for personal sensitivity and adaptive capacity of communities. These are included in the City's evidence for service planning and delivery. A key learning from this project is that adaptation responses must be designed to acknowledge that residents could experience profoundly different impacts from weather events and climate change as a result of their socio-economic situation.
Map of social vulnerability.
Climate change impacts
- Extreme Temperatures
- Ice and Snow
Key vulnerable sectors
Policy and Communications Business Partner
Mayors Adapt signatory
Date of officially joining Mayors Adapt
24 Sep 2014