Economics of Climate Resilience

The UK government published the UK Climate Change Risk Assessment (CCRA) on 25 January 2012, the first assessment of its kind for the UK and the first in a 5 year cycle; the reports provide an evidence base which will help UK government better understand the risks, and will inform the development of a National Adaptation Programme to be published in 2013.

In the Economics of Climate Resilience Project, Ecofys supported the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) by contributing to the evidence base which supported the development of the forthcoming UK National Adaptation Plan. The work built on the UK Climate Change Risk Assessment (CCRA) by looking across a range of sectors within the UK: Agriculture, Forestry, Buildings and Infrastructure, Health, Business and Natural Environment. The project manager, Sarah Hendel-Blackford and colleagues examined projected climate impacts on the sectors, using CCRA, UKCP09 climate projections, and other literature sources and consulted sector experts to identify evidence of costs and adaptive actions across the sectors.

Ecofys aimed to identify relevant projected climate change risks and opportunities and the interactions within them; actions were identified for organisations across sectors to adapt to projected climate change. The project was led by Frontier Economics with Ecofys and Irbaris.

The project results can be found here: Defra - Economics of Climate Resilience (ECR)


Sarah Hendel-Blackford
Energy Policies
Area in Scotland