National Summaries

The UK Climate Risk Independent Assessment (CCRA3) is being developed at a UK-wide scale involving scientists, economists, government departments and stakeholders from across the United Kingdom. To accompany the UK Climate Risk Independent Assessment (CCRA3), a team led by Sustainability West Midlands is preparing a series of summaries for each UK country (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales).

Summary for England

The Independent Assessment used to help inform the third UK Climate Change Risk Assessment (CCRA3) assesses 61 risks and opportunities from climate change to England, including to business, infrastructure, housing, the natural environment, our health and risks from the impacts of climate change internationally.

  • Of these 61 risks and opportunities, more action is needed in England now to address 34 of them, with sustaining current action only deemed appropriate in four cases.
  • Of the 61, six issues are deemed to be both a risk and opportunity, four of which are associated with the natural environment and each of these require more action or further investigation.
  • There are also eight opportunities that could arise from climate change in England, with half of these also related to the natural environment.

Summary for Northern Ireland

The Independent Assessment used to help inform the third UK Climate Change Risk Assessment (CCRA3) assesses 61 risks and opportunities from climate change to Northern Ireland, including to business, infrastructure, housing, the natural environment, our health and from the impacts of climate change internationally.

  • Of these 61 risks and opportunities, more action is needed now to address 31 of them, further investigation is needed for 19, sustaining current adaptation action is only deemed appropriate for five of the risks or opportunities and six have been classified as watching brief.
  • Of the 61, six issues are deemed to be both a risk and opportunity, four of which are associated with the natural environment and each of these require more action or further investigation.
  • There are also eight opportunities that could arise from climate change in Northern Ireland, with four of these also related to the natural environment.

Summary for Scotland

The Independent Assessment used to help inform the third UK Climate Change Risk Assessment (CCRA3) assesses 61 risks and opportunities from climate change to Scotland, including to business, infrastructure, housing, the natural environment, our health and risks from the impacts of climate change internationally.

  • Of these 61 risks and opportunities, more action is needed in Scotland now to address 33 of them, with sustaining current action only deemed appropriate in four cases.
  • Of the 61, four issues are deemed to be both a risk and opportunity, three of which are associated with the natural environment and each of these require more action or further investigation.
  • There are also eight opportunities that could arise from climate change in Scotland, with five of them requiring more action or further investigation.

Summary for Wales

The Independent Assessment used to help inform the third UK Climate Change Risk Assessment (CCRA3) assesses 61 risks and opportunities from climate change to Wales, including to business, infrastructure, housing, the natural environment, our health and risks from the impacts of climate change internationally.

  • Of these 61 risks and opportunities, more action is needed in Wales now to address 32 of them, with sustaining current action only deemed appropriate in five cases.
  • Of the 61, six issues are deemed to be both a risk and opportunity, four of which are associated with the natural environment and each of these require more action or further investigation.
  • There are also eight opportunities that could arise from climate change in Wales, with half of these also related to the natural environment.