Call for comments

Call for comments on the first draft of the UK Climate Change Risk Assessment Evidence Report

This call is aimed at organisations that are interested in submitting review comments on the first draft of the forthcoming UK Climate Change Risk Assessment Evidence Report. This is an independent report being led by the Adaptation Sub-Committee for the UK Government, and will be published in July 2016. The purpose of the report is to provide a review of the latest evidence on the risks and opportunities to the UK from climate change. The report is aimed at the UK Government, devolved administrations and their respective arms’ length bodies.

The CCRA Evidence Report consists of eight substantive chapters. The chapters are:

  • Chapter 1 – Introduction
  • Chapter 2 – Methodology
  • Chapter 3 – The natural environment and natural assets
  • Chapter 4 – Infrastructure
  • Chapter 5 – People and the built environment
  • Chapter 6 – Business and industry
  • Chapter 7 – International dimensions
  • Chapter 8 – Cross-cutting issues

The first draft of the report is being reviewed by Government stakeholders and a technical review panel in October 2015. This review is being done early in the drafting process to give reviewers an opportunity to help shape the narrative and provide further evidence to inform the chapters. A final review process will take place in March 2016 to allow for final comments on the draft report.

Although the intended audience for the report is the UK Government, the Adaptation Sub-Committee would also like to open up the review process to a small number of other interested bodies who may be able to provide technical advice and input on the early draft chapters.

Should your organisation be interested in commenting on one or more of the above chapters, please apply by sending an official letter detailing:

  • The area of expertise of the organisation, and how this relates to the CCRA themes and content (max. 200 words)
  • The CCRA chapter(s) (2-8 above) that the organisation wishes to review and comment on
  • The added value that the organisation’s comments will provide (max. 200 words)

The ASC aims to accept applications from all organisations that submit a satisfactory rationale as above. Should we receive a large number of applications, we will select about 30 applications that provide a good balance across chapters. Upon receiving confirmation from the ASC, the organisation will be asked to sign a confidentiality agreement.

The relevant chapter drafts and a list of review questions will be provided by 15 October 2015, with comments to be submitted in the form of a letter (max. 1000 words) by 8 November 2015. As this review is considering early drafts of the chapters, these comments should focus on the main substance of the chapter and its findings, rather than a line-by-line review. The ASC will consider all comments provided, and reserves the right to accept comments as it sees fit given the independent nature of the Evidence Report. All contributions to the report will be acknowledged.

Please send your application letter as a PDF to [email protected], with the following subject line: “Application for CCRA call for comments”, by 5pm on Wednesday 30 September 2015.