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Current Research

Bioregional helped us by looking at what other organisations were doing, other stakeholders’ activity and assessing the particular needs and priorities of the Borough.

It is a great piece of detailed analysis! This report consists of two parts which are the following:

Needs Analysis

A needs analysis is to understand what the relevant sustainability needs are, both at local and regional level and in terms of how lifestyles and activities within the Borough may impact on climate, resources and biodiversity, from local to global scale.

A detailed array of ‘needs and issues’ was uncovered under each of the One Planet principles, using a wide range of publicly available data ranging from local area carbon emissions to public health, demographics, water resources and use, future climatic change in the area, travel and transport patterns, and material consumption. Wherever possible these data are local. An overview of key global sustainability concerns is also given as context within which the Borough’s impacts must be understood.

Consideration was given to how these issues interact, such as where demographics (eg an older population) might affect vulnerability to a risk factor (eg hotter summers) giving rise to a need to address a specific issue (eg overheating risk in homes).

Materiality Analysis

A materiality assessment is to assess which of the identified needs could be most usefully addressed by the Climate Partnership, based on the scale or urgency of the needs and the scale of influence that the Climate Partnership may be able to exert.

A Materiality Assessment was then performed to explore which of the ‘needs’ might be considered a priority on which the Climate Partnership could usefully focus, in order to maximise its effectiveness and avoid spreading its limited resources too thinly.

Each of the 62 identified ‘needs’ were scored for ‘importance’ and ‘influence’. A topic is considered ‘more material’ the higher it scores on these scales. These are visualised via a scatter graph. See Materiality chapter for detail on scoring criteria and how outcomes can be interpreted. Please note that this is not intended to dictate or delimit the Partnership’s activities, but only to guide them by enabling better-informed decisions.