Preparing for climate change can help to minimise the risk that it poses.

Increasing energy efficiency can help to address fuel poverty and reduce the threat of climate change.

Action is needed to reduce carbon emissions (mitigation) but also to prepare London's residents, businesses and visitors for the consequences of climate change (adaptation).

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1. What are the main impacts of climate change in Lambeth likely to be?

  • warmer, wetter winters
  • hotter, drier summers (which may be especially hot in dense urban areas)
  • more frequent extreme rainfall events, leading to greater risks of flooding
  • possible intensification of the urban heat island effect
  • increased greenhouse gas concentrations, leading to greater air pollution.

2. Climate change and flooding

In Lambeth, surface water flooding poses a severe threat to a large number of our residents.

The increased likelihood of more frequent extreme rainfall events brings with it an increased risk of flooding which can have implications for human health as well as the structural integrity of buildings.

3. How does air quality impact on climate change?

Air quality in London continues to exceed objective limits set by law.

Nitrogen oxides (NO) react with organic compounds and carbon monoxide to produce ground-level ozone.

Ozone in the atmosphere warms the planet while different components of particulate matter (PM) can have either warming or cooling effects on the climate.

4. What are we doing to reduce the impacts of climate change?

In anticipation of these impacts getting worse over time, we need to plan now to ensure Lambeth is well adapted to risks associated with climate change. In accordance with the London Plan, all new major developments are required to be Zero-Carbon. Carbon offsetting payments will be used to prepare Lambeth for the impacts of climate change and increase energy efficiency.

The Lambeth Climate Change and Energy Action Plan will be published in 2017 and will set out the actions we will take over the coming years to mitigate the effects of climate change.