£5m Government Research Programme Launched to Tackle Climate Change

New research to step up the UK’s resilience to the impacts of climate change will be funded by a new £5 million research programme launched by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs.

The research programme, ‘Climate Services for a Net Zero Resilient World’, will help inform future climate policy and will be led by leading authorities in environmental science such as University College London and the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology. The programme aims to ensure the UK is able to respond to the impacts a warming planet will have on national infrastructure, including heat waves causing record temperatures in buildings, extreme weather damage to power stations and electricity networks, and flooding.

Environment Minister Rebecca Pow said:

Robust, world-leading science and research on climate change is central to informing our adaptation policies as we work towards the next National Adaptation Programme.

This new research programme will ensure climate science is fully integrated into our planning and decision-making, including on major infrastructure and biodiversity projects as we work to restore our peatlands, wetlands and natural environment, as well as improving our air and water through our landmark Environment Bill…