Keynote Presentations at the GREENCYCLESII Summer School, Peyresq 15 - 24 May 2011
Speaker: Bill Hare
hare -at- pik-potsdam.de
Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and Climate Analytics, Telegraphenberg A 26, 14473 Potsdam, Germany
Title of the talk: Climate policy for the small island states and least developed countries
Bill Hare is a Physicist and Environmental Scientist with over twenty years experience in the science, impacts and policy responses to climate change and stratospheric ozone depletion. At present he is directing the PREVENT Project run by PIK and Climate Analytics, which started at the end of 2008 and which is providing scientific, policy, analytical and strategic support and advice for delegations from the small island states (SIDS) and the least developed countries (LDCs) in the international climate negotiations. He is a Visiting Scientist in the Earth System department at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and is a Director of Climate Analytics.
Areas of scientific and policy expertise include the architecture of the international climate regime, issues relating to Article 2 of the UNFCCC (the prevention of dangerous climate change), climate system response to greenhouse gas forcing and the assessment of emission pathways, land-use change and forestry issues, and aspects of international emission trading.
The present focus of his scientific work is on developing the PRIMAP model (Potsdam Real-Time Integrated Model for Probabilistic Assessment of Emission Paths) that aims to synthesize earth system science for use in international climate policy negotiations and science assessments. He is co-leader of this project with Dr. Katja Frieler and Dr. Malte Meinshausen. From 1992 until early 2009 he was the Climate Policy Director for Greenpeace International. He is one of the most experienced experts on international climate policy, following and shaping the negotiations since 1990 and advising various head of delegations and senior politicians on climate science and climate policy strategies.
Mr. Hare was a Lead Author for the IPCC’s Climate Change 2007: Mitigation of Climate Change component of its Fourth Assessment Report (AR4) and he was the focal point for the section on Article 2 of the UNFCCC in the Synthesis Report of the AR4. Prior to this he contributed to most of the IPCC assessment processes both as an expert reviewer and as a member of the writing team of the IPCC Special Report on Emission Scenarios. In 2008 Mr Hare was awarded honoris causa the degree of Doctor of Science from Murdoch University, Western Australia for his contribution to the climate change issue.