Climate adaption

Weather patterns are changing and this is set to continue. Adapting to this can be challenging. We advise how best to prepare and respond.

7,000 The number of heat-related deaths is projected to increase, from 2,000 per year currently to 7,000 per year by the 2050s, due to increasing mean temperatures and changes in the population

Progress in preparing for climate change. 2015 report to Parliament

Extreme weather (in the short term) and climate change (in the long) can impose economic costs and create economic opportunities. We apply innovative thinking to advise governments, businesses and communities on ways to prepare for extreme weather and other climate change effects. This includes what to do about these highly uncertain events, when to do it, and how to position ourselves now to be able to adapt effectively as and when we know more.

Despite efforts to lower greenhouse gas emissions, most scientists expect climate change to continue. The challenges posed by this change are unique in their scale and in their uncertainty about what exactly will happen and when. We must find effective ways to adapt to and limit potential damage, but also to make the most of opportunities, such as markets for adaptation products.

We advise clients on how to address some of these difficult issues and develop effective adaptation strategies. Our advice also includes the types of actions that are effective and how the benefits measure up to the costs. We also work with clients to develop economic frameworks for identifying the barriers to further action and how to overcome them.

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Devolved Administrations, UK

Frontier led a 15-month programme to inform the UK’s first National Adaptation Programme report. This explored the case for intervention to prepare the UK for climate change. We focused on 12 specific policy areas identified by government officials, including agriculture, business continuity and infrastructure. For each, we assessed the scale of climate threats and opportunities; the degree to which businesses, communities and individuals are prepared to deal with them; and the actions that are being taken, as well as the obstacles that are preventing action.