What is the CCRA Evidence Report?

The UK Government is required, under the 2008 Climate Change Act, to publish a climate change risk assessment (CCRA) every five years. 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 Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has a legal duty to advise the Government on the CCRA and prepared the second Climate Change Risk Assessment evidence report in 2016. An updated evidence report, due to be published in summer 2021 will inform the UK Government’s third CCRA (known as CCRA3).

CCRA3 Evidence Report Outputs:
OutputPurpose
CCRA3 Evidence ReportSynthesis ReportTo provide the Adaptation Committee’s statutory advice to Government on the risks and opportunities to the UK from climate change. The Synthesis Report is based on the technical chapters and focus on the results of the urgency scoring. Authored by the CCC.
Technical chaptersTo provide the detailed analysis that underpins the assessment of risks or opportunities, and the resulting urgency scores.  Alongside this introduction, there are seven technical chapters. Evidence is drawn from the literature and new research. Authored by a consortium of experts led by the University of Exeter and Met Office, working to the CCC.
SummariesTo summarise the most relevant aspects of the risk assessment for different audiences; each UK country (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales), and a range of sectors that focus on different areas of policy across government (TBC). Authored by a consortium of experts led by Sustainability West Midlands working to the CCC.
Research projectsTo provide supporting evidence to inform the technical chapters, supplementing the existing literature and filling key evidence gaps from CCRA2 or updating analysis with new information. Authored by consultants working to the CCC.