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What are adaptation measures and how do they affect your business?

Adaptation measures are environmental, social and economic adjustments in response to the current climate crisis. They aim to manage climate risk to an acceptable level. Allowing a business time to sketch out plans to improve implementation and curb greenhouse emissions.

Each business is unique. And so, it stands to reason that every business requires different adaptation measures. These solutions can take many different forms, depending on the relevant business sector.

We take a look at adaptation measures and how they could benefit your business, as we move towards net zero targets.

What are mitigation measures?

Conversations around adaptation measures often tend to mention mitigation measures as well. But what is the difference between these two practices?

Adaptation focuses around anticipating the adverse effects of climate change and taking action to minimise them. While also taking advantage of any opportunities that arise while adapting for the future. Whereas mitigation aims to prevent or reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases that are released into the atmosphere without adjusting current practices.

Mitigation measures simply reduce the severity of climate change which is exactly what is needed in light of the current climate crisis. As things stand, we are not currently on track to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees, as required in the Paris Agreement. If we release carbon emissions at the current rate, we will continue to see these catastrophic weather abnormalities.

Why do businesses need these measures?

As climate change continues to intensify globally, working towards a sustainable future is now in everyone’s hands. Recent extreme weather events have highlighted the need to be environmentally aware. If adaptation measures are avoided and ignored, the environmental effects could be severe.

While many businesses have acknowledged climate change in some form, many are yet to create adaptation strategies. If businesses don’t adapt and mitigate to become more sustainable, the world will experience more natural disaster and extreme weather events.

By setting your own adaptation measures, you can manage and reduce risks. This is especially important as climate change effects worsen and the weather becomes increasingly unpredictable.

What are the COP26 adaptations?

The UN Climate Change Conference (COP26), due to be held in Glasgow this November, will bring together countries from all over the world to discuss the acceleration of climate action. This climate action is urgently needed to prevent further damage to the environment.

The world will never fully recover from the damage inflicted by human activity. But we can work to ensure that the Earth is not harmed any further. COP26 has produced a list of adaptations which are intended to reduce emissions most effectively. These include:

  • Plans and more finance to be put in place.
  • Protecting and restoring habitats.
  • All countries to produce an ‘Adaptation Communication’.

The effects of climate change can, and have affected the lives and livelihoods of many people due to inefficient buildings. So, it is important that cities and towns veer towards building a low-carbon future. There is potential for energy savings of 50%-90% in new and existing buildings across the country.

The conferences adaptation goals make clear that the world needs to halve emissions over the next decade. The Paris Agreement states that countries must agree to communicate their emissions reduction targets. Known as Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC), businesses must report their aims and progress every five years, to ensure they are still on track.

How can EIC help?

Deciding which changes to make to adapt to the changing climate can often be confusing. With a number of different options, it is important that you make the right decision for your business.

At EIC, we prioritise sustainability. Understanding which measures are right for your business is essential in adapting your business to the ever-changing future.

Get in touch today to hear more about how EIC can help you reach your sustainability targets.

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