Climate Change: Mitigation, Adaptation and Energy Measures

We’re facing a global crisis. Historic England recognises the need for urgent action and is committed to achieving net zero. We are researching and promoting how the historic environment can positively contribute to overall global sustainability through adapting and mitigating. In England, about 20% of current homes were built before 1919, using traditional construction. There are few ‘one size fits all’ energy improvement solutions appropriate for these homes; and studies show reusing these buildings is key to cutting the UKs carbon emissions.

Position Statements and Overviews on Climate Change

Our Carbon Reduction Plan

  • Our Carbon Reduction Plan

    This plan sets out our baseline for reducing carbon emissions and our approach to achieving Net Zero by 2040.

Energy Efficiency Advice for Homeowners

Climate Change, Carbon and Energy Efficiency Research

Technical and Planning Advice on Energy Efficiency Measures, Renewable Energy, Adaptation and Mitigation

CDP and Training Resources for the Historic Environment Sector on Climate Change and Technical Adaptions

Key External Links

  • COP26

    The UK will host the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) at the Scottish Event Campus (SEC) in Glasgow on 31 October – 12 November 2021.

  • COP26 Cultural Heritage and Coastal Resilience Video

    Coastal and marine heritage tells a story of a nation’s history of commerce, conflict and leisure. It contributes strongly to our identity and quality of life today.

  • Climate Change Committee

    The UK’s independent adviser on tackling climate change.