Mitigating and adapting to climate change

Figure 13 shows the proportion of indicator components for which ‘Mitigating and adapting to climate change’ is the primary goal that have been assigned to each assessment category, with the exact number of indicator components shown as a label on the bars.

Both A2 Emissions of greenhouse gases from natural resources in England and J1 Consumption based greenhouse gas emissions in England showed an improvement over all assessed time periods. The short-term time period relates to the most recent 5 years for which an assessment could be undertaken (2013 to 2018 for A2 and 2012 to 2017 for J1).

The inclusion of this assessment is based on the individual indicators with a relevant primary goal; additional valuable insights can be understood by considering the holistic relevance of additional indicators, as many will be sensitive to the issue of climate change. The first Outcome Indicator Framework report (published in 2019) lists a sub-selection of indicators which are expected to give some indication of progress on adaptation, the need for adaptation or the resilience of natural assets to climate change. Future assessments of the Outcome Indicator Framework will continue to consider how best to derive inferences of progress to aid in understanding progress of the 25 Year Environment Plan.

Figure 13: Summary of assessment results – Mitigating and adapting to climate change

Plot legend: list of stacked components included in each bar

  • Improvement
  • Little or no change
  • Deterioration
  • Not assessed