Climate Risk and Economics. Research Seminars

CRE Seminar Friday 12 April 2019, 13:00-14:00, Kirsten Halsnæs - DTU MAN - Research challenges in meeting low temperature stabilization levels - News from the IPCC AR6 Process. Lyngby Campus, Building 424, Room 025.

Kirsten Halsnæs, CLA of IPCC Working Group III on Mitigation policies, has just returned from the 1. Lead Author meeting in the IPCC group and will discuss the outcomes of the ongoing discussions.

The IPCC Working Group III focuses on climate change mitigation, assessing methods for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and removing greenhouse gases from the atmosphere.

Climate change mitigation involves actions that reduce the rate of climate change.
Climate change mitigation is achieved by limiting or preventing greenhouse gas emissions and by enhancing activities that remove these gases from the atmosphere. Greenhouse gases can come from a range of sources and climate mitigation can be applied across all sectors and activities. These include energy, transport, buildings, industry, waste management, agriculture, forestry, and other forms of land management.

Working Group III supports the IPCC’s solution-oriented approach but does not advocate any specific mitigation options. It takes both a near-term perspective relevant to decision-makers in government and the private sector and a long-term perspective that helps identify how high-level climate policy goals might be met. Working Group III addresses all aspects of mitigation including technical feasibility, cost and the enabling environments that would allow measures to be taken up. Enabling environments cover policy instruments, governance options and social acceptability. Synergies and trade-offs with adaptation measures are of increasing interest as are co-benefits, risks and links to sustainable development. To meet these needs, Working Group III is highly interdisciplinary in character.

Working Group III is led by two Co-Chairs, Jim Skea, based at Imperial College London, and PR Shukla, based at Ahmedabad University. They are supported by seven Vice-chairs from different regions who make up the Working Group III Bureau. Bureau members provide guidance to the Panel on the scientific and technical aspects of its work, advise on related management and strategic issues, and take decisions on specific issues such as the selection of authors and review editors. They also oversee scientific quality and engages with the wider scientific community, both regionally and globally The Co-chairs and Bureau are supported by the Working Group III Technical Support Unit which is co-located at Imperial College and Ahmedabad University.

Working Group III is responsible for one of the three reports that comprise the IPCC 6th Assessment, due in 2021.
More information on the Sixth Assessment cycle is available here. Presentation.


Claire Bergaentzlé
DTU Management
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