July 31, 2017
Scoping Corporate Climate Change Risks for the Region of Peel
The OCC Secretariat is providing additional staff capacity and climate change expertise to the Region of Peel as they scope corporate climate change risks in support of their climate change master planning process.
The Office of Climate Change and Energy Management (OCCEM) has been formed within the Region of Peel Corporate Services Department to ensure the Region is prepared to proactively respond to climate change impacts and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. To date, the Region of Peel and community partners have produced a climate strategy (2011) and have been undertaking various adaptation and mitigation measures. As part of advancing and updating their commitment to climate action, the Region of Peel is now undertaking the development of a corporate climate change master plan. To inform this master plan, the OCCEM has engaged the OCC to support in scoping corporate climate change risks over the summer months.
The OCC Secretariat is providing additional staff capacity and climate change expertise to the Region of Peel as they identify and scope corporate climate risks. We are supporting the overall objectives for this work which include:
- Initiating dialogue with select representatives of Region of Peel staff whose delivery of service has been or may in the future be impacted by weather-related events based on current evidence;
- Engaging all departments and build consistent awareness of likely climate change impacts; and,
- Producing risk ratings, through an engagement approach designed such that staff feels motivated to “Make Space for Climate Change”.
To scope corporate climate change risks, the OCCEM will be hosting workshops with departmental representatives, sharing available climate change information specific to the Region of Peel, discussing anticipated impacts and consequences, and ultimately identifying corporate risks.
The outputs of the risk analysis and workshops will include:
- Prioritized list of risk statements identified through engagement and consultation.
- Technical report outlining a preliminary set of risks ranked by likelihood and severity of the consequence through two lenses:
- Highest priority based on highest consequence to any given category; and,
- Highest priority based on the most ‘cross-cutting’ impact.
- Communication reports, one to Regional Council and the other to participating departments.
This project is being made possible with funding from the Region of Peel.