Environmental impacts on the historic environment can involve flooding, coastal change, extreme weather events and changes in the distribution of species. Climate change is continually increasing the likelihood, magnitude and frequency of these processes. Historic England's ongoing role is to commission research and provide expert advice to protect historic places.
|Facing climate-uncertainty, Historic England is continuing to focus on finding the best solutions to manage vulnerable parts of the historic environment. Historic England is helping the UK heritage community, by carrying out research and analysis on the distribution, scale and timing of potential threats, creating risk assessments for everything from coastal flooding to the World Heritage Sites of Stonehenge and Avebury.
In 2020, Historic England ran a free series of webinars on climate change and cultural heritage, available here: https://historicengland.org.uk...
Buildings and the construction industry are one of the largest carbon polluters in the UK today and there is consensus that we urgently need to tackle carbon emissions from buildings. The Heritage Counts 2019 report, 'There's No Place Like Old Homes: Re-use and Recycle to Reduce Carbon', highlighted the importance of our built historic environment and explains why it has a vital role to play in the journey towards a low carbon future.
In 2016, we produced our own Historic England Adaptation Report, submitted to the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) as part of the National Adaptation Reporting Power.
Historic England also provides public advice on saving energy, generating energy and managing historic properties.