Climate change adaptation: proposals for the third round of adaptation reporting

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Closes 26 Mar 2018


The Climate Change Act 2008 gives the Secretary of State the power to direct reporting organisations (those with functions of a public nature or statutory undertakers) to produce reports detailing:

  • the current and future projected impacts of climate change on their organisation;
  • proposals for adapting to climate change;
  • an assessment of progress towards implementing the policies and proposals set out in previous reports.

This is known as the Adaptation Reporting Power (ARP).

The ARP was introduced to help ensure reporting organisations are taking appropriate action to adapt to the future impacts of climate change. It helps do this both directly, through engaging organisations in reporting, and indirectly, through raising awareness, building capacity in organisations, and making examples of good practice publicly available.

Under the Climate Change Act 2008, the government’s proposed approach or strategy for exercising the ARP should be subject to consultation with relevant parties.

Confidentiality and data protection information

A summary of responses to this consultation will be published on the Government website at: The summary will include a list of organisations that responded but not personal names, addresses or other contact details.

Information provided in response to this consultation, including personal information, may be made available to the public on request, in accordance with the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) and the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIRs). Defra may also publish the responses to the FOIA/EIR requests on

If you want your response, including personal information such as your name, that you provide to be treated as confidential, please explain clearly in writing when you provide your response to the consultation why you need to keep these details confidential. If we receive a request for the information under the FOIA or the EIRs we will take full account of your explanation, but we cannot guarantee that confidentiality can be maintained in all circumstances. However, Defra will not permit any unwarranted breach of confidentiality nor will we act in contravention of our obligations under the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA).  An automatic confidentiality disclaimer generated by your IT system will not, of itself, be regarded as a confidentiality request.

Defra will share the information you provide in response to the consultation, including any personal data, with a third party of contracted external analysts for the purposes of response analysis and provision of a report.

Defra is the data controller in respect of any personal data that you provide, and Defra’s Personal Information Charter, which gives details of your rights in respect of the handling of your personal data, can be found at:

This consultation is being conducted in line with the “Consultation Principles” as set out in the Better Regulation Executive guidance which can be found at:

if you have any comments or complaints about the consultation process, please address them to:
Consultation Co-ordinator
8th Floor, Nobel House
17 Smith Square,
London, SW1P 3JR.
Or email:

1. What is your name?

2. What is your email address?

If you enter your email address then you will automatically receive an acknowledgement email when you submit your response.

3. What is your organisation?

4. Would you like your response to be confidential?