IPCC considers report on Mitigation of Climate Change

IPCC considers report on Mitigation of Climate Change



21 March 2022

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has opened a virtual meeting to consider its report on the Mitigation of Climate Change.

In the third installment of the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report, the Working Group III report focuses on the progress made in limiting global emissions and the available mitigation options across systems and sectors.

It will place mitigation in the context of sustainable development and will review the connection between short, medium, and long-term emission pathways.

It also includes new chapters on social aspects of mitigation, innovation, technology, cross-sectoral mitigation opportunities and links and trade-offs between mitigation and adaptation.

IPCC report on climate change mitigation“The next few years will be crucial for the state of climate change in this century. This is why an updated assessment of mitigation is more important than ever,” said the Chair of the IPCC, Hoesung Lee.

“The Working Group III report will shed light on solutions to meet this challenge by providing us with the latest scientific findings of mitigation of climate change.”

The session is scheduled to run until 1 April.

“The clear message from the science community is that we need to raise the ambition level for mitigation. So far we are not on track to meet the 1.5 °C to 2 °C target,” said WMO Secretary-General Prof. Petteri Taalas in a recorded message to the opening session.

 The report prepared by IPCC’s Working Group III will build on the Working Group I and II contribution to the Sixth Assessment Report. The Working Group I showed that climate change is widespread, rapid and intensifying. The Working Group II contribution stressed that cumulative scientific evidence is unequivocal: climate change is a threat to human wellbeing and the health of the planet and how today’s actions will shape how people adapt and how nature responds to increasing climate risks.

The approval plenary is a culmination of a rigorous process of drafting and review that happens with all IPCC reports. Experts from all over the world provided over 21,700 comments on the first-order draft of the report. Scientists and governments provided more than 32,500 comments on the second draft of the full report and the first draft of the Summary for Policymakers. The final government review of the Summary for Policymakers received about 4,900 comments. The Working Group III contribution to the Sixth Assessment Report references over 18,000 scientific papers.

The concluding Synthesis Report to the Sixth Assessment Report is scheduled to be finalized in autumn 2022.


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