UN IPCC report on climate mitigation cites work by nine Hertie School faculty and researchers

Along Greenland’s western coast, a small field of glaciers surrounds Baffin Bay. Aerial photo by the United States Geological Survey.
Baffin Bay glaciers along the coast of Greenland, via the United States Geological Survey

References 22 papers by Centre for Sustainability experts; PhD researcher is contributing author.

The latest report of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), released on 4 April 2022, includes contributions and citations of research by nine Hertie School faculty members, adjuncts, postdocs and PhD researchers. In total, the publication, which evaluates options for mitigating climate change, cites 22 peer-reviewed papers published by researchers affiliated with the Centre for Sustainability.

The report is one of the IPCC’s key publications on climate change, prepared for publication around every six years by its three working groups of leading climate experts. The reports focus on the causes of climate change, its potential impacts and possible responses. Over the last year, all three groups published findings.

Hertie School PhD researcher Kilian Raiser was invited as a contributing author to the chapter on International Cooperation. Cited in the report were papers by Christian Flachsland, Professor of Sustainability and Director of the Centre for Sustainability; Lion Hirth, Assistant Professor of Governance of Digitalisation and Energy Policy; Lynn Kaack, Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Public Policy; PhD researchers Tarun Khanna, Kilian Raiser and Oliver Ruhnau; postdoctoral researchers Sebastian Levi and Duncan Edmondson; and adjunct faculty member Nils aus dem Moore.

“The IPCC provides the epistemic foundation for climate policymaking across the world,” says Christian Flachsland. “We are glad that our work could help contribute to their important mission, and we are particularly proud of the contributions of our PhD students. Informing decision-makers and societies about climate policy options based on rigorous and policy-relevant academic research is at the core of our Centre’s mission.”

Among the Hertie School research cited were topics on energy; investment and finance; demand, services and social aspects of mitigation; national and sub-national institutions; and international climate policy.

The IPCC, with 195 member states, assesses science related to climate change. It was established by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and endorsed by the UN General Assembly in 1988 to provide political leaders with periodic scientific assessments on climate change based on the state of the art of scientific literature.

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