What Businesses Can Do
Protecting your business from climate change impacts makes good sense. Many steps, like increasing energy and water efficiency, save money and make businesses more competitive. Planning and preparing for extreme climate events can also save lives and keep California working. General information for businesses planning and preparing for climate change is available at the California Emergency Management Agency's Planning and Preparedness Page for Businesses, Utilities and Non-Profits.
Find more specific information by sector:
- Risk Assessment / Insurance
- Forest Landowners
- Buildings and Construction
- Health Care
Risk Assessment / Insurance
For general info, go to the California Emergency Management Agency's My Hazards page.
The California Department of Food and Agriculture, US Department of Agriculture and other organizations are helping prepare farmers, ranchers and food processors for climate change. The critical first step is learning what changes are in store, from increased temperatures to changes in the availability of water and likelihood of new pests and pathogens. To see the latest projections for different regions of California, visit Cal-Adapt. To learn more, see:
- An Assessment of California Agriculture.s Readiness for Climate Change. (CA Climate and Ag Network)
- Reduce Energy Demand
To learn about Small Forest Landowner Assistance, see:
Energy and Climate Adaptation
Climate change will impact energy demand and supply due to increased temperatures and heat waves, changes in the availability of hydropower, impacts on power plant output and transmission, and more.
Protect your business' energy supply by increasing energy efficiency and, wherever feasible, investing in onsite "distributed" generation and energy storage. California businesses will reduce their vulnerability to climate change by cutting demand and diversifying energy supplies.
- Reduce Commercial Energy Demand
- Reduce Industrial Energy Demand
- Reduce Energy Demand from Agriculture
Buildings and Construction
How and where we build will determine how vulnerable we are to climate impacts and how expensive those impacts will be when they occur. New buildings and infrastructure should avoid high risk areas - those areas vulnerable to fire, sea level rise and flooding. Both new and existing buildings should maximize energy and water efficiency and add onsite energy generation such as rooftop solar where feasible.
- What Impacts will Occur in Your Area
- Reduce Energy and Water Demand
- Commercial Building Design
- California Solar Initiative
- Other Resources to Develop Onsite Generation
Climate change impacts on public health and health care costs could be quite significant in many regions of California. To see where those impacts are likely to occur, visit Cal-Adapt.
Climate change will impact investments of all kinds and sizes. Industries such as tourism and agriculture, will face significant impacts from climate change. Sectors with high climate emissions, such as energy and transportation, will be impacted by climate change and climate regulations. Other industries, such as the clean tech sector and green buildings, should continue to grow as the demand for clean energy and more efficient buildings grows. Many investors have already begun to account for these trends. To learn more, see: