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Climate Policy

Our climate is changing, and it is clear that these changes will continue to have an impact on Northern Ireland. This presents a wide range of risks and opportunities to our natural environment, infrastructure services, built environment, economy and other vital societal support structures.

Whilst working to limit the effects of climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, we must adapt. Historical emissions of greenhouse gases have made climate change inevitable, regardless of our emission reductions.

The European Commission defines adaptation as:

“Anticipating the adverse effects of climate change and taking appropriate action to prevent or minimise the damage they can cause, or taking advantage of opportunities that may arise.”

Adaptation is essential to better prepare us to respond to current and future changing climatic conditions. Planning for these changes will enable NI to build resilience to the potential negative impacts of climate change, whilst allowing us to take advantage of any opportunities.

See our UK Climate Change Adaptation Policy page to learn about the legislation in place to help the UK and each of its devolved administrations, including Northern Ireland to address climate change.

To learn more about the projected climatic changes, see our
UK Climate Projections 2018 (UKCP18) page
. This includes a presentation from the Met Office, which provides an overview of the latest climate projections, the data available and how to access information.