In July 2019, Brent Council declared a climate and ecological emergency and committed to ‘do all reasonable in the council’s gift to aim for carbon neutrality by 2030.’ A subsequent Climate and Ecological Emergency Strategy (2021-2030) was developed which established a framework for action to tackle climate change in the borough. The strategy is being put into practice through comprehensive yearly delivery plans.
There are two simultaneous strands of thinking which are required to respond to the climate emergency: mitigation and adaptation. Whilst the primary focus of Brent’s Climate and Ecological Emergency Strategy 2021-2030 (‘the strategy’) is mitigation (reducing greenhouse gas emissions in order to limit global warming) the strategy also identified the need for a dedicated piece of work to establish a Climate Adaptation and Resilience Plan for Brent.
The aim of this document is therefore to assess the key climate-related risks facing Brent and sets out a framework for adaptation and resilience.