Working Group III Mitigation of Climate Change

WG 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 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.

Reports

Working Group III is responsible for one of the three reports that comprise the IPCC 6th Assessment, due in 2021. It will also contribute to the Synthesis Report that integrates the findings of the three Working Group reports. It is managing the production of the IPCC Special Report on Climate Change and Land, due in 2019, and is contributing to the scientific leadership of the IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C due in 2018.

 
Special Report

Climate Change and Land

August 2019
Special Report

Global Warming of 1.5°C

October 2018
Working Group Report

TAR Climate Change 2001: Mitigation

July 2001
Working Group Report

AR1: The IPCC Response Strategies

October 1990
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Activities

Working Group III activities include the scoping of the IPCC reports which it manages and to which it contributes, selecting authors, and planning, organising and managing Lead Author Meetings. In April 2017, Working Group III organised an expert meeting on Mitigation, Sustainability and Climate Stabilization Scenarios which strongly influenced the subsequent scoping of the Sixth Assessment Report. Working Group III Bureau members and Technical Support Unit also regularly attend conferences, workshops and outreach events, to talk about the IPCC and engage with stakeholders globally.

 
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News

 
Press Release

Selection of Authors for IPCC Sixth Assessment Report

GENEVA, April 6 – The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has invited 721 experts1 from 90 countries to participate …

April 2018
Statement

Media reports on the draft IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C

GENEVA, Jan 11 – The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) notes that news articles have appeared citing a draft …

January 2018
Press Release

Registration opens for Expert and Government Review of the Second Order Draft of the IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5ºC

GENEVA, Dec 15 – The expert and government review of the second order draft of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate …

December 2017
Event

Jim Skea speaks at the 2017 Economist Energy Summit

Professor Jim Skea, Co-Chair of IPCC Working Group III, spoke at the Energy Summit at the Honourable Artillery Company in …

November 2017
Event

IPCC Working Group III at COP23

From 6 to 17 of November 2017, nearly thirty thousand representatives from governments, international organisations, businesses, NGOs and universities came …

November 2017
Press Release

IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 ºC Expert Review of the First Order Draft and start of the Third Lead Author Meeting

MALMӦ, Oct 23 – Nearly 500 experts from around the world took part in the recent review of the First …

October 2017
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Co-Chairs

 

Priyadarshi R. Shukla

Co-Chair
India

Jim Skea

Co-Chair
United Kingdom
 

Vice-Chairs

 

Diana Ürge-Vorsatz

WG Vice-Chair
Hungary

Andy Reisinger

WG Vice-Chair
New Zealand

Ramón Pichs-Madruga

WG Vice-Chair
Cuba

Nagmeldin G. E. Mahmoud

WG Vice-Chair
Sudan

Diriba Korecha Dadi

WG Vice-Chair
Ethiopia

Carlo Carraro

WG Vice-Chair
Italy

Amjad Abdulla

WG Vice-Chair
Maldives

TSU Staff

 

Lizzie Huntley

Head of TSU (Operations)
United Kingdom

Raphael Slade

Head of TSU (Science)
United Kingdom

Joana Portugal Pereira

Senior Scientist
United Kingdom

Minal Pathak

Senior Scientist
United Kingdom

Eamon Haughey

Senior Scientist & EPA Research Fellow
Ireland

Renée van Diemen

Scientist
United Kingdom

Suvadip Neogi

Scientist
India

Purvi Vyas

Science Officer
India

Malek Belkacemi

IT/Web Manager
United Kingdom

Juliette Malley

Administrator
United Kingdom

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