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Climate Change

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 28 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of its capacity to adapt to climate change; and what plans he has to publish a climate change adaptation strategy. (241189)

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) works to ensure that its estate is as sustainable as possible and that we properly manage all environmental risks to our operations.

The FCO works with other Government Departments notably the Department of Energy and Climate Change to deliver Government objectives on climate change and is committed to delivering a low carbon, high growth global economy.

The FCO consular strategy takes into account that climate change may produce more extreme weather events requiring a crisis response (for example, an increase in the number and intensity of tropical storms). We work closely with the travel industry to minimise any risks to British nationals overseas in such circumstances.

The FCO has no plans to publish a climate change adaptation strategy, but details of all of the above work can be found in the FCO annual report.