Independent Assessment of UK Climate Risk – we are struggling to keep pace with climate impacts

The Committee on Climate Change’s Independent Assessment of UK Climate Risk, published today, sets out some stark findings. The much welcomed drive to meet Net Zero is not matched by a focus on building our resilience to the impact of climate change.  Even if all emissions were reduced to Net Zero today, climate change would continue and we would still need to improve our economic, social and environmental resilience to its impacts.

The Assessment highlights priority risks where action is essential in the next two years. These focus on the natural environment and agriculture, but also include risks for the supply of food, goods and services which will, in part, be affected by the multiple risks to the UK from climate change impacts overseas. In addition, rising temperatures are identified as an area where action is needed to address risks to human health, wellbeing and productivity.

Our Climate Resilience Lead, Rachel Brisley, co-authored Chapter 5 of the Technical Report ‘Human Health, Communities and the Built Environment’ with Dr Sari Kovats, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

We have been working towards this publication for over two years and an enormous amount of work has been invested to produce the most up to date picture of climate risk for the country.  A real issue is the interdependencies between risks within sectors, and across sectors and also with the Net Zero, COVID recovery, sustainable growth and social equity agendas. We need to get better at recognising how risks and actions affect each other and improve collaborative working to help achieve multiple benefits across sectors, agendas and organisations. Rachel Brisley, Climate Resilience Lead

What is the Independent Assessment of UK Climate Risk?

The Independent Assessment of UK Climate Risk (for the third Climate Change Risk Assessment – CCRA3) is a comprehensive review of the risks and opportunities facing the UK from climate change. The project, involving 130 organisations and over 450 contributors, was led by the Climate Change Committee (CCC). It resulted in an independent report setting out the Committee’s advice to Government informed by a1500-page technical report collating the latest evidence across a range of key sectors, among many other outputs. Rachel Brisley contributed to the technical report, providing expertise and advice on Chapter 5 along with Dr Sari Kovats, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Want to know more?

For more information, visit our climate resilience webpage or email Rachel Brisley, JBA Climate Resilience Lead.

The final reports are available at: www.theccc.org.uk (advice report) and www.ukclimaterisk.org (technical report and supporting information)



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