DEFRA has said responses to its consultation on its proposed strategy for the third round of the Adaptation Reporting Power under the Climate Change Act have given it a “clear mandate” to pursue the proposals it consulted on. The Department will now develop its strategy on reporting on the basis that:
it continues to be voluntary, but in line with the reporting requirements under the ARP of the Climate Change Act;
the primary objective is that the process supports the integration of climate change management within organisations, with a secondary objective being that the process lends support for national and sectoral assessment of preparedness and feed into the Adaptation Sub Committee’s reports to Parliament;
sector templates/guidance will be developed with reporting organisations, which reflect the objectives and principles of reporting;
the reporting window will be 2019-2021, with the final deadline of 31 December 2021.
Water companies will continue to be within the scope of reporting;
DEFRA said it will lay before Parliament its National Adaptation Programme, incorporating the government’s strategy for adaptation reporting, this year.
Source: Summary of responses A consultation on the government’s proposed strategy for the third round of the Adaptation Reporting Power