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SPRU energy expert selected as lead author for IPCC climate change report

Benjamin Sovacool, Professor of Energy Policy and Director of the Centre on Innovation and Energy Demand (CIED) at SPRU will write a key section of the next report of the most influential international panel on climate change: the Sixth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

The report is due to be published in 2022 and will provide countries and governments with an objective, scientific view of global climate change and its impacts. 

Professor Sovacool will be part of Working Group III, responsible for assessing the mitigation of climate change, and will be lead author for Chapter 4 on ‘Mitigation and development pathways in the near-to mid-term’. 

Professor Sovacool commented:

‘I am honoured and humbled to be a part of the world’s premier scientific body seeking to identify actionable solutions to climate change. Without overstatement, climate change is one of the greatest challenges facing humanity, and the IPCC is working on cutting edge solutions across the disciplines of science and technology as well as economics, public policy, and ethics.’

His CIED co-director and former Sussex academic Professor Frank Geels has also been selected as a lead author for Chapter 5 on ‘Demand, services and social aspects of mitigation’. 

Lead authors for the working groups were nominated by government representatives, heads of international organisations and members of the IPCC Bureau and selected by the bureaus of the three IPCC working groups. 

The IPCC Sixth Assessment Report is a comprehensive scientific assessment of climate change. It includes three working groups: Working Group I assesses the physical science basis of climate change; Working Group II is responsible for impacts, adaptation and vulnerability; and Working Group III assesses the mitigation of climate change. The outline of the report will be agreed in 2019 and finalised in 2022.

The IPCC is the United Nations body for assessing the science related to climate change. It provides policy makers with regular scientific assessments concerning climate change, its implications and risks as well as to put forwards adaptation and mitigation strategies.

Further information

Read the Chapter Outline of the Working Group III Contribution to the report.

Read the IPCC press release.


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