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A word from Exeter City Futures…

We are pleased to have our Managing Director attend this exciting event to discuss the role of Exeter City Futures in leading the development of the city of Exeter’s carbon neutral 2030 roadmap. Liz will present Exeter as a case study of climate adaptation; exploring what one city is doing to ensure its citizens and systems are ready for change in response to the climate emergency.


Morning, Tuesday, 19th November 2019

Congress Centre, 28 Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3LS


Climate adaptation in the UK: latest on developing resilient infrastructure, channeling investment and environmental protection


This conference will be a timely opportunity to examine priorities for climate change adaptation – including discussion around resilient infrastructure, environmental governance and the impact of policy developments.


Delegates will discuss key issues raised in the recently published Committee on Climate Change 2019 Progress Report to Parliament including:

  • Concerns about the preparedness of key sectors for minimal global warming;
  • Policies and national plans not taking sufficient account of climate change, in sectors such as agriculture, the natural environment, health, and infrastructure; and
  • The challenge for government to provide further resources, strengthened governance and more action on urgent risks.


Keynote speakers include: 

  • Dr Liz O’Driscoll, Managing Director, Exeter City Futures;
  • Kathryn Brown, Committee on Climate Change; 
  • Dr Hans-Martin Füssel, European Environment Agency;
  • Dr Tony Grayling, Environment Agency; 
  • Daniel Johns, Anglian Water Services;
  • Alastair Mant, UK Green Building Council,
  • Nigel Riglar, South Gloucestershire Council.


The agenda

  • The National Progress Report – monitoring progress, identifying vulnerabilities, and policy recommendations;
  • Adaptation and environmental protection strategies – natural infrastructure design, boosting resource resilience, and setting guidance;
  • Climate change preparedness – environmental governance reform, protecting public goods, and the Green Finance Strategy;
  • The energy system – adaptation priorities for efficiency, infrastructure resilience, and the low-carbon transition;
  • Boosting climate resilience:
    • Local adaptation strategies – and addressing urban vulnerabilities to climate risks;
    • Sustainable housing – building standards reform, overcoming investment challenges and enhancing property-level flood resilience;
    • Green spaces and biodiversity – strategic planning, green infrastructure, and species and habitat protection;
    • Urban water systems – resilience, enhancing surface water drainage capacity and improving flood management;
    • The role of adaptation in progressing towards net-zero emissions by 2050.

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