Preparing London for rapid global warming (2)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2019-06-20
Session date: 
June 20, 2019
Reference: 
2019/12020
Question By: 
Caroline Russell
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

In my priority question 2019/8850 I drew your attention to a gap in research on the heatwave risks to London businesses and their employees. This was identified in my report, Climate Change Risks for London, and the Mott McDonald report, Technical Assistance to Deliver London’s Climate Action Plan, that was commissioned for the GLA. Will you reconsider your response by undertaking work to address this gap or ensure that a relevant body does this, so that London’s businesses, particularly small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), are better informed and able to prepare for heatwaves and severe droughts?

Answer

Preparing London for rapid global warming (2)

Preparing London for rapid global warming (2)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

London has numerous assessments of the climate change risks to London, including in the reports you cite. To be most effective, these assessments need to be applied to businesses, and the best way for businesses to improve their understanding and capacity to prepare for heat and other climate impacts is to conduct their own assessments of the risks they face and identify actions they can take. With the pressing climate emergency, we face, what is most important now is that we move from research into action, and that is what I am doing.

I am already working through the London Climate Change Partnership (LCCP) to encourage businesses to assess their risks from heat and other climate impacts – through numerous interactive events (including two dedicated events during London Climate Action Week), through promotion of tools like the Business Resilience Health Check (which LCCP helped develop), and through knowledge exchange with businesses and infrastructure providers like Thames Water and TfL, who have conducted assessments of risks to their operations from climate change.

In addition, we have been working with London's water companies and London Resilience to engage with sectors, including business, in scenario planning to help understand the potential effects of extreme drought.