Consideration of climatic factors within Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA)

Guidance on the consideration of climatic factors within Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA), developed by the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA).


Further information sources

  • Carbon Trust -
    Set up by Government in 2001 as an independent company, the Carbon Trust's mission is to accelerate the move to a low carbon economy, by working with organisations to reduce carbon emissions and develop commercial low carbon technologies.
  • Historic Scotland -
    Historic Scotland is contributing to the Government's strategy to tackle climate change and reduce Scotland's carbon footprint whilst maintaining prosperity.
  • HM Treasury Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change -
    Published in 2006, the review focuses on the impacts and risks arising from uncontrolled climate change, and the costs and opportunities associated with action to tackle it. It considers scientific evidence, the economic effects on human life and the environment, and approaches to modelling that ensure the impacts that affect poor people are weighted appropriately.
  • Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change ( IPCC) -
    The IPCC is a scientific intergovernmental body set up by the World Meteorological Organisation ( WMO) and by the United Nations Environment Programme ( UNEP) to provide decision-makers and others interested in climate change with an objective source of information.
  • Met Office -
    The centre is responsible for leading international research into what could happen under climate change, and the impacts on current and future generations.
  • Scottish Climate Change Impacts Partnership ( SCCIP) -
    SCCIP was established to "increase the resilience of organisations and infrastructure in Scotland to meet the challenges and opportunities presented by the impacts of climate change".
  • Scottish Environment Protection Agency -
    SEPA has a key role in helping Scotland limit and adapt to Climate Change, particularly in relation to its regulation of emissions to the environment and its role in flood management. SEPA may provide climate change advice when consulted through SEA.
  • Scottish Government -
    The Scottish Government recognises that climate change will have far reaching effects on Scotland's economy, its people and its environment and is determined to play its part in rising to this challenge. The Climate Change (Scotland)s Act 2009 introduced targets to reduce emissions and will drive new thinking, new solutions, and new technologies putting Scotland at the forefront of building a sustainable low carbon economy. The Climate Change Delivery Plan sets out how these targets will be met.
  • Scottish Natural Heritage -
    SNH views climate change as the most serious threat over coming decades to Scotland's natural heritage. SNH aims to understand the effects of climate change on the natural heritage, and to help deliver the contribution that the natural heritage can make in limiting it and adapting to it. SNH may provide climate change advice when consulted through SEA.
  • UK Climate Impacts Programme ( UKCIP) -
    Since 1997, the UKCIP has been working with public, private and voluntary sectors to help organisations adapt to inevitable climate change. It publishes scenarios of projected future climate change, most recently the UKCIP09 projections. The 2009 projections are available at: .
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