Belfast City Council’s Resilience Strategy proposes that we transition to an inclusive, zero-emissions, climate resilient economy in a generation. This goal aims to ensure the Council delivers on their Belfast Agenda priorities and society is ready for the challenges ahead this century.
Belfast faces significant economic challenges. Its recovery capacity is low, and in many respects it had not sufficiently recovered from the 2009 global financial crash when the COVID-19 “lockdown” began to have economic impacts. Other economic challenges include low levels of economic activity, lack of new housing supply in the city core, underinvestment in key infrastructure, and an imbalance between skills supply and demand, particularly in emerging growth sectors.
But Belfast’s greatest long-term economic challenge is the impact of climate change. A significant portion of the city’s landmass, and its economic and social assets, lie in areas of flood risk. Accounting for projected rises in sea level, significant work is required to build the city’s climate resilience and put in place a coherent and comprehensive climate adaptation plan.
Belfast remains a net importer of energy and is overly dependent on fossil fuels and carbon intensive systems, so it must transform its economy to ensure that its greenhouse gas emissions reduce in line with UK targets to achieve net zero by 2050.
You can find out more about Belfast City Council’s Resilience Strategy here