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Newcastle upon Tyne - United Kingdom

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.

Adaptation strategy

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
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.
Newcastle upon Tyne
Map of social vulnerability.

Climate change impacts

  • Extreme Temperatures
  • Ice and Snow
  • Flooding
  • Storms

Key vulnerable sectors

  • Urban
  • Buildings
  • Biodiversity
  • Financial
  • Energy
  • Health
  • Transport


Nick Forbes


279100 inhabitants

Contact person

Kit England
Policy and Communications Business Partner


Mayors Adapt signatory

Date of officially joining Mayors Adapt

Sep 24, 2014

Last Update

Jan 24, 2017

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