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 third CCRA was released January 2022, .

The Climate Change Committee (CCC) has a legal duty to advise the Government on the CCRA and published an independent assessment of UK Climate Risk (UKCCRA3) in 2021. This includes a national summary for Scotland alongside a detailed technical assessment, sector summaries and links to research: Visit the UK Climate Risk website to access all of the UKCCRA3 resources.

These assessments provide the evidence base to inform Government-led national adaptation programmes in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Under the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009, Scottish Ministers are required to develop an adaptation programme to address the risks identified for Scotland in the CCRA. The first Scottish Climate Change Adaptation Programme (SCCAP) was released in May 2014, followed by Climate Ready Scotland: Second Scottish Climate Change Adaptation Programme 2019-2024 in September 2019.