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Ruth Wood was a lead author for the Technical Report of the 3rd UK Climate Change Risk Assessment providing advice on risks to infrastructure

13 August 2021

The infrastructure chapter assesses the climate-related risks and opportunities to infrastructure, primarily focussing on the ‘economic grey infrastructure’ that provides services such as heating, lighting, mobility, fresh water and sanitation to society

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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 a 1500-page technical report collating the latest evidence across a range of key sectors, among many other outputs.

The infrastructure chapter highlights an increase in the urgency with which climate change risks to infrastructure need to be addressed. Of particular concern are risks to the transport sector; infrastructure more broadly from cascading failures and the impacts of flooding. Governments are expected to respond to the CCC’s advice through the National Adaptation Programme in England and Climate Change Adaptation Programmes in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The final reports are available at the link below:

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