IPCC landmark report on climate change mitigation to be launched

04/07/2014 - The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will soon launch its much-awaited report on climate change mitigation. On April 14, key findings of the Working Group led by Ottmar Edenhofer of the Potsdam-Institute for Climate Impact Research will be presented at the Technical University in Berlin. The public event will be attended by Germany’s Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, Sigmar Gabriel.
IPCC landmark report on climate change mitigation to be launched
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Following almost five years of intense collaboration between hundreds of scientists around the world, the IPCC presents the current state of knowledge about options for mitigating climate change. From April 07 to April 12, representatives of the more than 190 member governments of the IPCC gather in Berlin to approve the Summary for Policymakers of the Working Group III contribution to the Fifth Assessment Report and to accept the underlying assessment of more than 2000 pages. The launch event – jointly hosted by the Technical University Berlin, where Edenhofer is a professor, and Stiftung Mercator – marks the first public presentation of this report (register here).

Scrutinizing greenhouse-gas emissions of all economic sectors

The IPCC Working Group III is co-chaired by Ottmar Edenhofer from Germany, Youba Sokona from Mali and Ramón Pichs-Madruga from Cuba. The report assesses the options for mitigating climate change and their underlying technological, economic and institutional requirements. It transparently lays out risks, uncertainty and ethical foundations of climate change mitigation policies on the global, national and sub-national level, investigates mitigation measures for all major sectors and assesses investment and finance issues.

Established by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the IPCC is the leading international body for the assessment of climate change. Its assessments provide essential input to the ongoing negotiation process under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Speakers in Berlin include IPCC chair Pachauri and WGII co-chair Field

Distinguished speakers at the WGIII launch event at the Technical University in Berlin include Rajendra Pachauri, chair of the IPCC, and Chris Field, co-chair of the IPCC’s Working Group II on climate change impacts and adaptation. WGII released its report in March in Yokohama, Japan. Working Group I published its report on the physical science basis last fall in Stockholm, Sweden. It is only every five to seven years that the three Working Groups release their assessment reports, making them a unique reference point for stakeholders, policy-makers, and the public.

Weblink to the launch event in Berlin: http://www.pressestelle.tu-berlin.de/ipcc

Weblink to the IPCC’s Working Group III “Mitigation of Climate Change”: http://mitigation2014.org/

Weblink to the report of the IPCC’s Working Group II “Climate Change Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability”: http://ipcc-wg2.gov/AR5/

Weblink to the report of the IPCC’s Working Group I “The Physical Science Basis of Climate Change”: http://www.climatechange2013.org/

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