Guide

Adapt your business to climate change

Introduction

Northern Ireland's climate is changing. Variability will continue from year to year, however some trends are likely to emerge. These include rising sea levels and more frequent extreme events such as heavy rain, stormy weather and excessive temperatures.

Climate change presents two main challenges to businesses. You will be expected to reduce your greenhouse gas emissions to prevent the worst predicted outcomes - there are practical steps your business can take to prevent climate breakdown.

You may have to adapt to existing, unavoidable changes to the climate, and deal with how climate change will affect your business.

There are climate change effects your business should prepare for, although the scale will depend on your industry sector and location. Adapting your business strategy for climate change may mean alterations to your premises, supply chain, working practices, or products and services.

This guide explains why businesses need to adapt to climate change, what the risks can be, how to change business priorities in response to climate change, and what other businesses are doing to reduce their carbon footprint.