Climate adaptation reporting should be mandatory, advisers say

Almost one-quarter of organisations asked to report on how they are adapting to climate change did not do so, according to government advisers the Committee on Climate Change (CCC).

It wants reporting to be made mandatory. The committee made the recommendation after analysing the second round of reports submitted by organisations covered by the Adaptation Reporting Power (ARP) of the Climate Change Act 2008. 

The power covers water and energy companies, national parks, road and rail companies, airport operators and regulatory bodies. 

The reports detail the current and future effects of climate change on organisations and how the organisation plans to adapt. They must also include a progress report of actions previously announced. 

The first round of reporting (ARP1) between 2009 and 2012 was mandatory for most organisations, but round two (ARP2), between 2013 and 2016, was not and some organisations declined to participate. In total, 21 out of 114 organisations did not respond to ARP2, while ...

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