The Climate Resilient Organization

The Climate Resilient Organization

Adaptation and Resilience to Climate Change and Weather Extremes

Martina K. Linnenluecke and Andrew Griffiths

Climate change has had a significant impact globally, predominantly for those vulnerable to its influence. The first book of its kind, The Climate Resilient Organization assesses the issues that have mounted for decision-makers in the field, whilst providing strategies to tackle them. With a particular focus on building climate-resilient pathways for private sector organisations, the expert authors offer practical tools and decision-making criteria for evaluating adaptation needs, costs and benefits. Split into two parts this book begins with an analysis of the subject on a global scale; it continues by translating the science surrounding it while presenting it in a manner suited to local decision-makers.

Chapter 4: Implications for national policy on climate change

Martina K. Linnenluecke and Andrew Griffiths

Subjects: business and management, organisational behaviour, environment, climate change


The previous chapter provided a short timeline of climate policy negotiations, focusing on key policy developments on international levels. It made the point that the initial focus of climate policy negotiations has rested on mitigation, rather than on adapting to the impacts of climate change. This chapter looks at how international climate policy has been translated into national and sectoral measures. Integrating the dimensions of the Kyoto treaty into national policies and actions on climate change has proven a major challenge to politicians, bureaucrats and regulators. The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) process has not been without criticism, and the translation of international policy into national outcomes, industry-level applications and local outcomes is a critical step to create incentive structures for organizations and entrepreneurs to mitigate climate change through investments in low-carbon technologies, processes and systems, and to adapt to adverse consequences resulting from climate change. However, are policies designed so that they consider the external and internal forces causing organizations to shift towards action on climate change? The following sections provide an overview over national responses stemming from international climate policy. This chapter highlights how international policy gave rise to the introduction of national measures aimed at mitigation, and then assesses emerging national measures aimed at adaptation. The chapter considers the impact of these measures on organizations and industries. The Kyoto Protocol asked Parties to implement domestic measures to reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

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