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24 local authorities across England and Wales have been awarded more than £2.1 million to support the development of heat network projects. The winning North West local authorities for Round 2 include Allerdale, Copeland, Knowsley, Manchester, Sefton and Warrington.


Every five years the UK Government must carry out an assessment of the current and future risks to the country from climate change. Defra published the first Climate Change Risk Assessment (CCRA) in January 2012. The next assessment is due in January 2017.


The IPCC has this week published its latest report 'Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability' as part of the suite of products for the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5).The report, based on more than 12,000 peer reviewed scientific studies, considers the vulnerability and exposure of human and natural systems, the observed impacts and future risks of climate change, and the poten


The Government have launched a Transport Resilience Review. This was called by David Cameron in response to the recent floods – it will review all climate impacts except for winter resilience which was covered in the Quarmby Review.

The review will examine:


Just launched:

Changing weather patterns, more frequent extreme weather and rising temperatures have direct implications on our health, and also pose challenges to the way in which the NHS, public health and social care system operates. 


More than £900,000 in government funding will be provided to boost the number of charging points for electric cars in the NW. The funding is via the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) and forms part of a joint campaign with car manufacturers called 'Go Ultra Low' which has been launched to promote the benefits of ultra low emission vehicles.


5 NW local authorities are in the first wave of councils to receive funding from the new Government Heat Networks Delivery Unit.

Overall 26 local authorities across England and Wales have been awarded over £1.9 million to support the development of heat network projects, designed to provide more efficient heat to buildings and potentially lower heating bills.


To assist SMEs in understanding, preparing for and recovering from climate impacts the Cheshire & Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has commissioned a series of support across 2013 and 2014. 


CLASP, in conjunction with the North West Climate Change Partnership and Climate UK, has a limited number of places available for:


Climate Ready and Climate UK, in partnership with the Department of Health, are hosting two half-day events in February 2014. These will support the launch of Under the Weather, a new toolkit designed to help health and wellbeing boards and commissioners save money, and increase resilience in a changing climate.