Yesterday was published the third volume of the Sixth IPCC report, which deals with climate change mitigation, i.e. “human intervention to reduce emissions or enhance removals of greenhouse gases”.
Here are the highlights selected by Stefano Caserini, Professor of Climate Change Mitigation at Politecnico di Milano, founding partner and member of the Board of Directors of Italian Climate Network.
The Third Volume of the IPCC’s Sixth Report clearly states that without urgent, effective and equitable mitigation actions, climate change will increasingly threaten the well-being of people around the world, ecosystems and biodiversity.
On the other hand, the report clearly says that acting to mitigate climate change offers many benefits for the pursuit of other sustainable development goals, and that the energy transition offers many opportunities to create more long-term jobs.
On the topic of sustainable finance, the third volume of the sixth IPCC report makes clear that there is sufficient global capital and liquidity in the financial system to bridge the gap between the global investments needed for ambitious mitigation policies and those planned to date.
The IPCC reports do not advocate any specific mitigation option, but show the potential (the possibilities of reducing climate-changing emissions), pros, cons, barriers and co-benefits of different actions, both in the short and long term, for different global warming mitigation goals.