How well is Scotland managing the impacts of climate change?

As part of their obligations under the Climate Change (Scotland) Act Scottish Ministers have asked the Committee on Climate Change to assess progress on implementing the Scottish Climate Change Adaptation Programme.

The first assessment was published in 2016. Our suite of indicators was part of the evidence the Committee used to measure how well Scotland is doing and make recommendations.

For the second assessment the Committee asked CXC to update a set of the indicators. The decision on whether to update an indicator was based on both the availability of new data and the use of the indicator in the first assessment.

The Committee finds progress on a number policies and actions since their last assessment in 2016.

In particular it notes progress on managing current and future climate risk since the first assessment relates to peatland restoration, actions to increase marine resilience and an improved understanding of the number of people in Scotland living in areas at flood risk.

The updated indicators are:

BB16: Building Condition and Disrepair

BB17 Dampness & BB18 Condensation in housing stock

BE4/14 Electricity supply disruption due to flooding

BE15 Electricity supply disruption caused by severe weather events

BW6 Water Leakage and Losses

BW8 Domestic water usage

BW9 Non-domestic water usage

CRS34 Number of registrations for flood warnings/alerts

CRS61 Number of households in fuel poverty

NA5 Trends in breeding farmland birds

NA12: Agricultural production methods which reduce erosion risk (Proportion of arable land using reduced/zero tillage; soil cover)

NB6a/NB17a Abundance and productivity of breeding seabirds

NB6b/NB17b Abundance of wintering water birds

NB12 Condition of key habitats: Proportion of notified habitats in unfavourable condition

NB14: Natural Capital Asset Index

NB15 Climate change pressure on Scotland’s notified species

NB16b Abundance/frequency of specialist and generalist species: butterflies

NB19 Proportion of notified habitats and species in ‘positive’ condition

NB24 Proportion of water bodies not meeting Good Overall Status

NB39 Freshwater habitats with reported presence of key invasive non-native species (INNS)

NF6 Number of uses & users of the Ecological Site Classification (ESC) decision support tool

NF21 Number of uses and users of the ForestGALES decision support tool

We also developed a briefing note on ‘Uptake of water metering’