Transitioning our economy to net zero emissions will help reduce the impact of climate change, but some changes are inevitable. You can read about some of the projected changes to Western Australia’s climate in the Western Australian climate projections: summary.
Adaptation plays a key role in reducing exposure and vulnerability to climate change.
Adapting to climate change can include a range of responses including changing how we do business, supporting healthy, connected cities and regions, building climate-resilient infrastructure, and addressing existing stressors on our environment.
The Western Australian Climate Policy establishes important climate adaptation initiatives to address climate change. These include:
- investing in climate science to ensure informed risk assessment and good adaptation planning. Read more about the Climate Science Initiative
- developing a new Climate Risk Framework to manage climate impacts to state government assets and operations, minimising the risks of service disruption and costs to taxpayers. Read more about Climate change risk
- supporting regional local governments to take action on climate change, energy and sustainability. Read more about the Regional Climate Alliance
- preparing a new state-wide Climate Adaptation Strategy
- piloting the development of a sectoral adaptation plan in collaboration with a priority sector.
Refer to the Western Australian Climate Policy for more information on these initiatives.