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

The first risk assessment was published in 2012, and the second in 2017. The third is due in 2022. The CCRA provides the evidence base to inform Government-led national adaptation programmes in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The Adaptation Committee of the Committee on Climate Change has a legal duty to advise Government on the UK Climate Change Risk Assessment (CCRA). The CCC prepared the second Climate Change Risk Assessment evidence report in 2016, and is now working on an updated evidence report, due to be published in summer 2021, which will inform the UK Government’s third CCRA (known as CCRA3).