The global impacts of climate change are increasingly clear and so are the more localised impacts in the UK. From flood risk to heat stress, communities are bearing the impact of climate change on an increasingly frequent basis, with serious social and economic consequences. Strategic and Local Plans are two of the most powerful tools local authorities have to respond to climate change, as they provide the opportunity to undertake a whole range of resilience measures including strategic flood defences; green infrastructure; sustainable drainage systems; climate mitigation through renewable energy systems to ensure high levels of energy efficiency; and sustainable transport systems.

This seminar will provide an overview of the latest climate science and the wider UK response to climate change, and will provide an overview of the policy and legislation which can be used to address climate change at a local level. It will also highlight the how certification schemes can be used in planning for climate change.

This event is only open to local authority staff and elected members. It is free to attend. 


10:00               Welcome

                          Hugh Ellis, TCPA and Charlene Clear, BREEAM

10:15               Introduction to the climate challenge

                          Hugh Ellis, Director of Policy, TCPA

10:30               Climate justice and the RTPI’s climate change research agenda

                          James Harris, RTPI

11:10               Coffee break

11:25               Introduction to the workshops

11:30               Workshop 1 (A and B ran in parallel, see details below)

12:10               Workshop 2 (A and B ran in parallel, see details below

12:50               Conclusions

13:00               End

Workshop details

Workshop A – using planning policy to address climate change

Led by TCPA

This workshop will explain the provisions of the NPPF and the planning and climate change legislation, and explore how local plans can engage communities on climate issues.

Workshop B – the role of certification


What do you think of when you think of certification? A graduate holding up an embossed roll? A stamped jar of coffee? Or perhaps the padlock on a secure web browser? In all these cases, you would be right. Certification schemes are used by stakeholders as a way of providing assurance, driving standards and giving greater confidence in outcomes. The BRE’s Environment Assessment Method (BREEAM), the Home Quality Mark (HQM) and Civil Engineering Environmental Quality Assessment and Award (CEEQUAL) are the longest standing family of schemes operating across the entire built environment sector and are used by planners (and other stakeholders) to drive sustainability performance and support the delivery of added value for people, industry and society more widely. 

This workshop will uncover the ‘need to knows’ of the various schemes and equip attendee’s with the knowledge needed to effectively utilise these powerful, and robust toolkits in order to deliver on their policy objectives, and create the type of places that they envisage; low impact, high quality, resilient places.