UK Climate Change Risk Assessment

The Climate Change Risk Assessment (CCRA) presents the latest evidence on the risks and opportunities of climate change for the UK to 2100.

The Climate Change Act 2008 commits the UK Government to carry out an assessment of the climate change risks to the UK every five years. The second Climate Change Risk Assessment (CCRA) was released January 2017, following the first CCRA which was published in 2012. It presents the latest evidence on the threats and opportunities of climate change for the UK to the end of the century.

The Adaptation Sub-Committee provides further information on the priority climate change risk and opportunities for the UK, including:

Under the Climate Change (Scotland) Act, Scottish Ministers are required to develop an adaptation programme to address the risks identified for Scotland in the CCRA. This programme is known as the Scottish Climate Change Adaptation Programme, and was published in 2014.

Producing the next CCRA

To inform the 2017 CCRA, the Adaptation Sub-Committee (ASC) of the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has worked with a range of experts to review published data and publish an independent evidence report of the risks and opportunities to the UK from climate change. This report was delivered to the UK Government in July 2016. Defra used the ASC’s Evidence Report as the basis for a Government report, which was laid before the UK Parliament in January 2017.