IPCC Working Group 3 report: climate change mitigation

Zoom - email kathy.grenville@eciu.net

Media briefing looking ahead to and discussing the implications of the IPCC’s upcoming Working Group III report on climate change mitigation (actions to prevent further climate change).

  • Rachel Kyte, Dean of The Fletcher School at Tufts University
  • Michael Grubb, Professor of Energy and Climate Change at University College London (UCL)
  • Sam Hall, Director of the Conservative Environment Network (CEN)
  • Emily Shuckburgh, Director of Cambridge Zero at the University of Cambridge (Chair)

When: Tuesday 22 March, 15:30pm GMT (11.30am ET)


    Last month, the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its Working Group II report on climate impacts and adaptation, finding that climate breakdown is accelerating rapidly, with some scientists describing it as “the bleakest warning yet”.

    Next month, the IPCC finalises and releases the next part of its 6th Assessment Report: The Working Group III report [1]. The report, scheduled for publication on Monday 4th April after a virtual approval session, will provide an updated assessment of climate change mitigation, greenhouse gas emissions reduction, and greenhouse gas removal from the atmosphere [2].

    Critically, these reports will feed into a synthesis report, due in September, that will inform the formal negotiations of the next UN Climate Change Conference (COP 27) in November, where countries are expected, once again, to raise their climate ambition.

    This media briefing will cover:

    • The context of the IPCC report following on from Working Group I (The Physical Science Basis) and Working Group II (Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability) and its influence.
    • The aspects of mitigation it is likely to cover (feasibility, cost and governance) and mitigation options across sectors (e.g. energy, transport, agriculture, forestry).
    • The synergies and trade-offs between climate change mitigation and adaptation, and what this means for achieving net zero globally.
    • Discussion on the focus and messages likely to come out of the report.
    • Expectations of the UK COP26 Presidency in the run-up to COP27 as it works to implement the Glasgow Climate Pact, and ramp up ambition.
    • Reflections on the new complexities, insecurities and wider geopolitics following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

    If you would like to attend the briefing, please contact Kathy Grenville, Communications Officer: kathy.grenville@eciu.net.

    1. The IPCC’s Working Group II, titled Climate Change 2022: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability, can be accessed here.
    2. The IPCC is meeting virtually to consider the contribution of Working Group 3 (WG3) to the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report (AR6), between 21st March and 1st April, 2022 – the 14th session of Working Group 3, and the 56th session of the IPCC.

    More information on the IPCC's press conference

      This session will consider the Summary for Policymakers (SPM), which will be approved line-by-line by government representatives, working with report authors. The IPCC will then formally accept the report.

      After closure of the session, an online press conference will take place at 10am BST (London) on Monday 4th April to introduce the report, as it is published. The press conference will also be live-streamed publicly.

      The Summary for Policymakers, press release and related materials will be made available to registered media under embargo, shortly after approval of the SPM, with the embargo ending as the press conference begins.

      Press accreditation for IPCC meetings (deadline 11:59pm CET, 30th March) can be applied for via this link here. To receive embargoed materials, you must check the option for ‘embargo’ on the form. Registration for the press conference is not necessary just to view the live stream, but if you wish to be able to ask questions, then you will need to register using this form.