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 5: Vulnerabilities and impacts as drivers for change

Martina K. Linnenluecke and Andrew Griffiths

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

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Awareness of the need for adaptation has slowly been growing in international climate policy developments (as outlined in the previous chapters), but also in risk management, disaster planning and private sector management. Given the rising levels of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions as well as the considerable inertia in achieving stringent mitigation responses, adaptation will be required to address the adverse impacts from climate change. Research increasingly suggests that many manifestations of climate change will be localized, and will require coordinated, planned and context-specific action. Some levels of adaptation will be necessary to address those impacts from climate change that would occur even if stringent cuts of GHG emissions were implemented on a global scale immediately. As outlined in Chapter 2, the latest assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concluded that: ‘[m]ost aspects of climate change will persist for many centuries even if emissions of CO2 are stopped. This represents a substantial multi-century climate change commitment created by past, present and future emissions of CO2’ (IPCC, 2013). The previous chapter has demonstrated that there is now growing attention to adaptation within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), but also by national policy-makers and civil society. Adaptation has emerged as an important pillar of international discussions on a future climate regime under the UNFCCC, alongside mitigation, technology and finance (UNFCCC, 2010).

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