Climate Ready helped councils and businesses prepare for flooding and other climate change impacts. It also supported the Climate Local programme which supported and encourage local authorities to make formal commitments to take action on climate change and to report progress.
The service also helped many small businesses that were flooded last winter.
Director of the NGO Climate UK, Mike Peverill, who worked with the EA on Climate Local, said it was very disappointed to see the service come to an end.
The EA said that Climate Ready was designated to deliver objectives in the National Adaptation Programme which was supposed to last for three years, but had been extended for a further year until March 2016. The service cost approximately £6m over four years. The EA said that no jobs would be lost as a result of the closure.
The Central Point of Expertise on Timber (CPET) service has also closed. CPET provided advice to departments and agencies on how to meet the Government’s timber procurement policy (TPP), which aims to ensure that timber, palm oil and woodfuel products purchased with public money are from sustainable sources. CPET also advised businesses supplying the public sector and local authorities, which were encouraged to meet the policy voluntarily.
CPET has been replaced with two-page guidance circulated to Government departments and a page on the gov.uk website. Link to CPET documents.
Julia Young, manager of the global forest and trade network at WWF, said CPET’s service was still needed. Research carried out last year by WWF found that compliance with the TPP was ‘patchy at best’, she said.
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