MCC driving forward new topic within IPCC
The IPCC has announced the authors of its next Assessment Report. MCC group leader Felix Creutzig has a leading role in a key chapter.
Considering more demand-side solutions is worthwhile as they entail fewer environmental risks than many supply-side technologies. For example, by utilizing bioenergy, CO2 emissions can be reduced, but growing the crops also consumes a lot of land resources. “The new chapter gives us the opportunity to systematically reconcile the literature on demand-side climate solutions and thus give more weight to the topic,” Creutzig continues. “This requires a synthesis of research results from a wide variety of disciplines, such as psychology, economics and sociology.”
Not only the demand side, but also the supply side like fossil energy production—and especially the use of coal—will play a major role in AR6. The MCC is therefore also involved in the chapter on emissions trends and drivers, with MCC group leader Jan Minx as a Lead Author. Within the IPCC’s Sixth Assessment cycle, there will also be a Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C (SR15) to which MCC group leader Sabine Fuss is contributing as a Lead Author. This Special Report will be published in October 2018 and will thus be important for the upcoming 24th UN Climate Change Conference (COP24) in December in Poland.