The Environment Agency works to both reduce emissions of greenhouse gases, commonly known as mitigation, and help prepare for the impacts of climate change, or adaptation. We also regulate a number of energy sources and help to administrate two of the main carbon trading schemes in the UK.
- Limiting and adapting to climate change: position statement (PDF, 173KB)
The different areas of our climate change and energy work are described below.
The Environment Agency is already planning for the impacts of climate change in many aspects of our work.
As part of our climate change adaptation strategy 2008-2011, our Head Office functions have each completed an Adaptation Action Plan.
These summaries are currently being updated in line with our Adaptation Report, and will be available to view soon.
Through our evidence and regulatory work, we support the development and use of low-carbon technologies, including renewables, carbon capture and storage, and nuclear power, while minimising other environmental impacts.
Find out more by reading the summaries below:
(Please note these are summaries not position statements)