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 first Climate Change Risk Assessment (CCRA) was published in 2012, and presents the latest evidence on the threats and opportunities of climate change for the UK to the end of the century. The next assessment is due in January 2017.

The CCRA sets out the main priorities for adaptation in the UK under 5 key themes - Agriculture and Forestry; Business, Industries and Services; Health and Wellbeing; Natural Environment and Buildings and Infrastructure - and describe the policy context, and action already in place to tackle some of the risks in each area.

The CCRA consists of a number of reports, 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 will then use the ASC’s Evidence Report as the basis for a Government report, which will be laid before the UK Parliament in January 2017.