It is with great sadness that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has learnt of the sudden death of Juraj Farkaš on 10 August 2019 at the age of 55.
Juraj Farkaš was a Lead Author for IPCC’s 2019 Refinement to the 2006 IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories, Volume 5 (Waste). He provided significant contributions to Chapter 2 (Waste Generation, Composition, and Management Data) and Chapter 6 (Wastewater Treatment and Discharge). During this time, he supported the Ministry of Environment of the Slovak Republic with the preparation of Waste sector emissions for the National inventory Report, and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) in conducting Environmental Performance Reviews related to waste management.
Juro received his Master’s degree in Environmental Sciences from the Slovak Technical University in Bratislava in 1988, where he focused his studies in wastewater treatment. While working for the Ministry of Environment, he was an original member of the Waste Department and was responsible for preparing the first set of legislation implementing the Waste Act in Slovakia. Over his career, he supported numerous projects to assess, improve, or develop solid waste and wastewater treatment approaches. He was a recognized expert in waste management and provided review of greenhouse gas emissions from the Waste Sector in the NIRs of the EU member states.
Juro will be greatly missed by his colleagues and fellow authors in the IPCC. He is survived by his wife, Perla Farkašová and daughter Kristínka.