Partners and Customers

Some of the organisations that Climate UK works with and for.

Adaptation & Resilience to a Changing Climate Network

The ARCC Coordination Network was established in 2009 to provide coordination and knowledge exchange across a number of EPSRC-funded research projects related to adaptation in buildings and infrastructure. Led by the UK Climate Impacts Program, the ARCC CN brings together a portfolio of research and a broad range of stakeholders to promote the use of research outputs by policy makers and practitioners. ARCC seeks to improve engagement with stakeholders in the development, production, and interpretation of research to ensure that research outputs are useful in informing decision makers. Climate UK is supporting this work by investigating options for enhancing the legacy of outputs from the network (including maintaining access to information after the project lifetime) and proposing new approaches to understanding and meeting the knowledge requirements of stakeholders.

APSE

APSE (Association for Public Service Excellence) is a not for profit local government body working with over 300 councils throughout the UK. Promoting excellence in public services, APSE is the foremost specialist in local authority front line services.

Climate UK is pleased to be supporting APSE Energy, a new project launched at the House of Commons in summer 2014, with newsletters and briefings.

The vision of APSE Energy is "To form an effective collaboration of a large number of local authorities to enable and facilitate the local municipalisation of energy services. By this we mean the public and community, as well as private, ownership and managerial control of local energy generation, distribution networks and delivery of energy efficiency works. Local authorities working together in this way would have great influence and would be able to deliver economies of scale in green energy to promote economic growth and combat fuel poverty."

 

BIG (Big Lottery Fund)

Big Lottery Fund is responsible for distributing £600 million each year (40 percent) of all the money raised for good causes by the National Lottery. Climate UK helped the Big Lottery Fund with application materials for the Communities Living Sustainably environment programme and supported community groups to apply.

Committee on Climate Change

The Committee on Climate Change (the CCC) is an independent, statutory body established under the Climate Change Act 2008. Its purpose is to advise the UK Government and Devolved Administrations on emissions targets and report to Parliament on progress made in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and preparing for climate change.

Climate UK helped the CCC's Adaptation Sub Committee to engage a wider audience for the launch of its 2014 annual progress report. A series of seven satellite events were organised at locations around the country for local stakeholders and the proceedings in London streamed live to each venue. Over 100 people participated in the event remotely and had the opportunity to ask questions to London and discuss the local implications of the progress report, which was concerned with climate risks to infrastructure, business and public health.

This was followed up in July 2015 when Climate UK set up a live web broadcast for the CCC to share their latest findings, which included their first statutory adaptation report. Over 90 people participated either in person at 1 of 5 venues or remotely, from throughout the UK and beyond. 

DECC (Department of Energy and Climate Change)

DECC is the lead Government department on climate change mitigation and energy policy. Its Office of Renewable Energy Deployment commissioned Climate UK in February 2013 to organise a programme of local authority stakeholder engagement workshops in four locations across England to discuss the costs, benefits, impacts and opportunities of renewable energy. The events aim to enable positive and proactive action to be taken on renewable energy that recognise the needs of local areas.

Defra (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

Defra is the lead Government department for climate change adaptation and has been a long term supporter of Climate UK and the Climate Change Partnerships (CCPs). In 2011, Defra commissioned Climate UK to produce a series of information packs and case studies to help interpret the findings of the first UK Climate Change Risk Assessment at an English regional level.

You can download the nine regional information packs and case studies from the Resources section of this website. These were published simultaneously with the UK Climate Change Risk Assessment national documents in January 2012 to help people understand how the risks from the changing climate vary from one area of the country to another due to different geography, topography and local circumstances.

 

Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit

ECIU is a non-profit organisation set up by former BBC Environment Correspondent Richard Black to support informed debate on energy and climate change issues in the UK. Climate UK supported ECIU with an event called 'Communicating around Extreme Weather' in January 2015 which was hosted by the London Climate Change Partnership at City Hall and also broadcast live via the web to stakeholders across the country.

Peter Chalkley from ECIU commented 'Working with Sustainability East and Climate UK helped us to reach both regional and national networks of organisations with an active interest in climate issues. Their insight helped us to create an event that resonated with a diverse group of interests and generated positive feedback from those participating.'

Environment Agency

The Environment Agency is an Executive Non-departmental Public Body which has had a long association with the Climate Change Partnerships. The Environment Agency assumed responsibility for climate change adaptation in 2011 and since then has been one of  the primary supporters of Climate UK.  The Environment Agency and Climate UK have a national collaboration agreement which helps to maintain a series of active partner and stakeholder networks around the country. The Environment Agency and Climate UK regularly meet to manage delivery of this partnership work programme.

Climate UK is pleased to support the Environment Agency's Climate Ready service, providing extra outreach to the different sectors that are prioritised in the UK's first National Adaptation Programme that was published in 2013.

Joseph Rowntree Foundation

JRF was founded in 1904 by wealthy businessman, Quaker and philanthropist Joseph Rowntree to help tackle the root causes of social problems like poverty and housing. He established three charitable trusts, which are still based in York, where the original Rowntree cocoa works was based. What is now called the Joseph Rowntree Foundation was originally designed to build and manage the garden village of New Earswick. Its objectives have since widened to cover research and development and nowadays JRF spends around £10.5m a year on its work. Climate change and social justice is one area of cross cutting research that seeks to understand how the impacts of climate change and policy and practice responses to it will affect people and places suffering poverty and disadvantage in the UK. Climate UK was commissioned by JRF to project manage the development of the Climate Just website and map tool launched in February 2015.
 

LGA (Local Government Association)

The LGA is a membership organisation of over 400 local authorities in the UK. It is a politically led, cross party organisation that works on behalf of councils to ensure local government has a strong, credible voice with national government. Climate UK supported the LGA in the development of its Climate Local initiative, which was launched in June 2012 to succeed the Nottingham Declaration on Climate Change

Climate Local supports councils’ efforts to reduce carbon emissions and improve resilience to a changing climate. By voluntarily signing up, councils publically commit to tackling climate change at a local level and to share their progress with other councils. Climate UK sits on the LGA's Climate Local board in an advisory capacity.

Marine Climate Change Impacts Partnership

The United Kingdom Marine Climate Change Impacts Partnership (MCCIP) brings together scientists, government, its agencies and NGOs to provide co-ordinated advice on climate change impacts around our coast and in our seas. MCCIP synthesises broad based evidence on how climate change is affecting our coast and seas and its impacts on: marine ecosystems; cleanliness and safety; commercial activities. See the annual report cards and special topic report cards for more details.

Climate UK has started working with MCCIP to explore areas of common interest - all of the 12 areas in the Climate UK network include some stretches of coastline apart from London and the West Midlands.

 

Norton Rose Fulbright LLP

Climate UK is very grateful to Clementine Hogarth from global legal practice Norton Rose Fulbright LLP for providing legal advice regarding the recent acquisition of the CLASP programme from Liverpool City Council. This has enabled CLASP (an information and support service for local authorities and the wider public sector in the North West) to be made available as a UK-wide resource for public organisations wishing to take action on climate change.

Public Health England

Climate UK worked with the Health Protection Agency (which merged into Public Health England on 1st April 2013) on the design and delivery of the programme of workshops for Health and Wellbeing Boards in England in Feb - March 2013. These workshops provided an opportunity for dissemination of a number of HPA messages and reports, including the updated Health Effects of Climate Change in the UK, September 2012.

Sustainable Development Unit

Climate UK supported the Sustainable Development Unit to develop new guidance for NHS Trusts and social care organisations in 2012 to help them incorporate climate change adaptation into their plans, following the SDU's initial focus on reducing the overall NHS carbon footprint. The guidance is available at www.sdu.nhs.uk/documents/publications/Adaptation_Guidance_Final.pdf

TCPA (Town and Country Planning Asociation)

TCPA was founded by Sir Ebenezer Howard in 1899 to promote the idea of the Garden City and is Britain's oldest charity concerned with planning, housing and the environment. TCPA, with Friends of the Earth, set up the Climate Change Coalition with over 60 organisations and individuals to help ensure that the planning system is able to meet the challenge of climate change.

Climate UK supported TCPA and the Climate Change Coalition on updated planning guidance and model policies on climate change for local authorities in England, published in March 2012 at www.tcpa.org.uk/pages/planning-for-climate-change-guidance-for-local-authorities-2012.html