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Workstream 9: Emergency response

This workstream covers the advance planning and training for dealing with short-term environmental crises and emergencies. It addresses liaison with emergency services, civil and defence groups.

Workstream Leader
Workstream Leader

Led by Institution of Royal Engineers (InstRE), this workstream includes measurable deliverables divided into three priority groupings: short-term, medium term and long term.

What have we achieved in one year of the plan?

The workstream has been considering two main areas - how it can help councils work and how it can help construction work.

It has met with councils to find out how many emergency response plans have been captured and what the level of coordination was. InstRE has been reaching out to institutions, companies and councils to assist them in developing extreme weather event response plans and co-ordinating existing initiatives with partners. The work often fitted more into the council emergency response plans than their climate action plans.

Next steps

It has been assessed that there was some industry activity in design but very little work on the build process. A strategic level guidance piece is being worked on and a few engagement pieces with academia will be shared with Workstream 1. A forum or conference in this area has been proposed.

Resource Library

  • Sustainability and climate change: a strategy for the education and children’s services systems

DfE has an important role to play in all aspects of sustainability including reducing our environmental footprint, particularly in the drive to achieve net zero.

The policies set out here are focussed on the environmental aspect of sustainability, this is done with consideration for how those policies will interact with the social and economic aspects of sustainability.