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 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.

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 August 2019, and contributed to the scientific leadership of the IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C finalized in October 2018.

 
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

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.

 
Lead Author Meetings

First Lead Author Meeting of the IPCC Working Group III Sixth Assessment Report

From 1 to 5 April 2019, IPCC Working Group III organised the First Lead Author Meeting in Edinburgh, Scotland

April 1, 2019
Lead Author Meetings

Fourth Lead Author Meeting for Special Report on Climate Change and Land

From 11 to 16 February 2019, IPCC Working Group III held the Fourth Lead Author Meeting in Cali, Colombia

February 11, 2019
Lead Author Meetings

Third Lead Author Meeting of the Special Report on Climate Change and Land

From 3 to 7 September 2018, IPCC Working Group III organised the Third Lead Author Meeting in Dublin, Ireland

September 3, 2018
Lead Author Meetings

Second Lead Author Meeting on Climate Change and Land

From 25 to 30 March 2018 IPCC Working Group III organised the Second Lead Author Meeting in Christchurch, New Zealand

March 25, 2018
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News

 
Statement

Media reports on the draft IPCC Special Report on Climate Change and Land

GENEVA, July 16 – The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) notes that news articles have appeared citing a draft …

July 2019
Media Advisory

Media registration for IPCC Special Report on Climate Change and Land

GENEVA, June 20 – The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will consider the Special Report Climate Change and Land …

June 2019
Vacancies

IPCC Working Group III Senior Scientist (Research Fellow)

Job Summary: The Centre for Environmental Policy wishes to appoint a Research Fellow as a Senior Scientist within the Technical …

June 2019
Media Advisory

IPCC Working Group III authors meet in Scotland

GENEVA, March 27 – Experts from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will meet in Edinburgh, United Kingdom, on …

March 2019
Media Advisory

IPCC authors meet in Colombia for final stages of Climate Change and Land report

GENEVA, Feb 5 –Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) authors will meet in Cali, Colombia, on 11-15 February 2019 to …

February 2019
Vacancies

Call for Volunteer Chapter Scientists [Now closed]

Deadline passed Working Group III contribution to the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is …

February 2019
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Co-Chairs

 

Priyadarshi R. Shukla

Co-Chair, Working Group III
India

Jim Skea

Co-Chair, Working Group III
United Kingdom
 

Vice-Chairs

 

Diana Ürge-Vorsatz

Vice-Chair, Working Group III
Hungary

Andy Reisinger

Vice-Chair
New Zealand

Ramón Pichs-Madruga

Vice-Chair
Cuba

Nagmeldin G. E. Mahmoud

Vice-Chair
Sudan

Diriba Korecha Dadi

Vice-Chair
Ethiopia

Carlo Carraro

Vice-Chair
Italy

Amjad Abdulla

Vice-Chair
Maldives

TSU Staff

The IPCC Working Group III Technical Support Unit (TSU) provides scientific, technical and organisational support to the Working Group Bureau. Together, the team brings a broad range of scientific, policy, operational and communication expertise to help the Co-Chairs and Vice-Chairs in the preparation and production of IPCC products.
For the first time in IPCC history, the TSU is split between two countries, with the team located both at Imperial College London’s Centre for Environmental Policy and in Ahmedabad, India.

 

Katie Kissick

Head of TSU (Operations)
United Kingdom

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

Sigourney Luz

Communications Manager
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

Géninha Lisboa

WGIII TSU Personal Assistant
United Kingdom

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