Online media briefing: IPCC Sixth Assessment Synthesis Report

Online - via Zoom


What: Briefing on the upcoming Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Synthesis Report.

When: 12:00-13:00 GMT, Friday 17 March, 2023

Where: online, via Zoom



The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has been publishing outputs from the working groups in its sixth assessment over the last two years – on the state of climate science, the scale of impacts and adaptation, and on the solutions for tackling climate change. The synthesis report for the IPCC’s sixth assessment brings all of that together, along with special reports on 1.5°, the oceans and cryosphere, and land, in one place. It is published on 20th March after the IPCC meets in plenary to agree it in the preceding week.

The report lands in a world in which climate impacts are regularly topping this news, with last year seeing record breaking heatwaves, and flooding in countries like Pakistan. This year has already seen one of the warmest and driest winters on record in Europe, with food shortages making headlines in the UK and the situation set to worsen with drought predicted across Europe. Countries including India, Australia and China are already seeing record high temperatures this year, and a possible El Niño could drive temperatures still further.

This briefing will therefore address:

  • What the report is likely to cover and some of the wider context for the expected findings;
  • The implications for UK policy and politics, the British net zero economy, and the UK’s role on the world stage, including in supporting developing countries’ adaptation and recovery from climate impacts;
  • The threat posed to UK national security by the growing intensity and frequency of climate impacts, and the lack of urgency in adapting to those; and
  • What has changed in recent months and years as global momentum on clean transition has picked up pace, particularly in the biggest emitting economies, and with a focus on the race between the US and EU to support deployment of clean energy solutions.

If you would like to attend the briefing, or have any questions about it, please contact George Smeeton:, t: +44 (0)7894 571 153.

Notes to editors:

1. Prof Emily Shuckburgh is Director of Cambridge Zero, the University of Cambridge's major climate change initiative. She is also Professor of Environmental Data Science at the Department of Computer Science and Technology.

2. Baroness Brown of Cambridge (Professor Dame Julia King) is Chair of the Adaptation Committee of the Climate Change Committee (CCC), which assesses the risks facing the UK from climate change and how well the country is preparing for them. She previously chaired the CCC Mitigation Committee and is a crossbench Peer and Chair of the House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee.

3. Anne Christianson is the director of International Climate Policy at American Progress. She has a decade of environmental conservation and climate experience in the U.S. Congress, academia, and nongovernmental organization sector.

4. Adam Berman works as the Deputy Director, Policy, at Energy UK. In this position, he advocates for ways to speed up the UK’s journey to Net-Zero through enabling low-carbon investment in clean power generation.

For more information:

George Smeeton, Head of Communications, ECIU, Tel: 07894 571 153, email: