Climate Action and Flooding
Central to environmental management is the issue of climate change, which is now emerging as one of the most significant global challenges for the planet in the 21st century. Climate change can result from natural processes and factors and more recently due to human activities, through emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG). Climate change will have diverse and wide-ranging impacts on our environment, society, economic sectors and natural resources. Management of areas prone to flooding and the coastal zone must be addressed in the new Local Area Plan along with measures to adapt to climate change by transitioning to a low carbon and climate resilient town, with an emphasis on reduction in energy demand and greenhouse gas emissions.
Questions to Consider:
Q. How can the plan support our transition to a low carbon climate resilient and environmentally sustainable economy?
Q. What methods should be encouraged to maximise renewable energy provision for commercia/industrial and residential developments?
Q. How can the Plan address flood risk and build resilience to better cope with the increasing frequency of extreme weather events?