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Chamber and committees

Question ref. S6W-00900
Asked by: Monica Lennon, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour
Date lodged: 18 June 2021

Question

To ask the Scottish Government what engagement it has had with Historic Environment Scotland regarding protecting historic buildings from the effects of climate change.

Current status: Answered by Jenny Gilruth on 5 July 2021


Answer

The Scottish Government engages closely with Historic Environment Scotland (HES) on an ongoing basis on its work to develop and deliver protect historic buildings from the effects of climate change.

HES’s Corporate Plan is agreed with Ministers and includes a commitment to respond to the challenges of climate change by better understanding, managing and mitigating its impacts on the historic environment. A link to the plan is provided below:

In delivering Scotland’s strategy for the historic environment, Our Place in Time (OPiT), HES chairs the Climate Change Working Group. The group’s first major output was A Guide to Climate Change Impacts on Scotland’s Historic Environment , which summarises the risks and hazards facing Scotland’s historic environment and offers routes to take action, to implement adaptation measures and enhance resilience to climate change. A link to this guide is provided below:

HES has published a number of other key strategy documents, recognising the challenges facing Scotland’s historic environment as a result of climate change and setting out routes to take action, implement adaptation measures and enhance resilience to climate change. HES also publishes a range of research and guidance for traditional and historic building owners and managers to support energy efficiency and climate change adaptation.

The Scottish Government and HES have also worked collaboratively in partnership on a range of projects delivered through the Scottish Government’s Adaptation Scotland programme, including projects which provide key resources for those managing climate change impacts on the historic environment.