IPCC Technical Summary

Recommended Citation:

Edenhofer, Ottmar, Ramon Pichs-Madruga, Youba Sakona, Susanne Kadner, Jan Minx, and Steffen Brunner. 2014. “Technical Summary” in Climate Change 2014: Mitigation of Climate Change (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 5th Assessment Report of Working Group III). Cambridge, Cambridge University Press. (Gabriel Chan: Contributing Author)


The Working Group III (WGIII) contribution to the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) assesses literature on the scientific, technological, environmental, economic and social aspects of mitigation of climate change. It builds upon the WGIII contribution to the IPCC’s Fourth Assessment Report (AR4), the Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation (SRREN) and previous reports and incorporates subsequent new findings and research. Throughout, the focus is on the implications of its findings for policy, without being prescriptive about the particular policies that governments and other important participants in the policy process should adopt. In light of the IPCC’s mandate, authors in WGIII were guided by several principles when assembling this assessment: (1) to be explicit about mitigation options, (2) to be explicit about their costs and about their risks and opportunities vis-à-vis other development priorities, (3) and to be explicit about the underlying criteria, concepts, and methods for evaluating alternative policies.


IPCC, international cooperation, climate change


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