CCRA identified and characterised the impacts of climate change for 11 sectors
Under the Climate Change Act 2008 there is a requirement for the UK Government to carry out an assessment of the risks to the UK of the current and future climate up to the year 2100. HR Wallingford led a large team of experts covering science, economics, stakeholder engagement and communications to produce the assessment on behalf of the UK Government.
As this was the first assessment of its kind anywhere in the world, a major aspect of the project was to develop a method and seek wide-spread agreement on the risks that needed to be considered. This required the management of a large consortium, to capture a wide range of technical expertise, along with an extensive programme of stakeholder engagement.
The project helped the UK government to:
The project was started in September 2010 and was completed in the spring of 2012. The main Evidence Report on the risks faced by the United Kingdom was laid before Parliament by the Secretary of State for Defra (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) on 25 January 2012, as required under the Climate Change Act.
There was an extensive range of outputs from the project, many of which were peer reviewed by experts in the UK and overseas. These can be accessed from Defra's website and directly from HR Wallingford's website.
CCRA not only provides one of the broadest national assessments ever completed, but also provides a solid foundation for future cycles of the CCRA required under the Act.