Energy decarbonisation a priority in final IPCC report Media Release

Nov 02, 2014 - 9:20pm

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) late tonight released its final synthesis report highlighting the need to decarbonise energy systems to avoid irreversible damage from climate change, said The Climate Institute. This report was developed by over 2,000 experts and endorsed by the world’s governments, including Australia’s.

“This IPCC report stresses potentially irreversible consequences of climate change and threats to economic development. On the upside, the report highlights opportunities exist if pollution reduction, community resilience and other measures are integrated and taken without delay,” said John Connor, CEO of The Climate Institute.

“The IPCC report places priority on the decarbonisation of energy supply systems. It notes that scenarios likely to achieve the internationally agreed goal of avoiding 2C of warming require energy emissions to decline over the next decade and be reduced by 90 per cent or more from 2040.”

“The report is clear that humanity is influencing our climate, with changes unprecedented for decades to millennia, and which now threaten our prosperity, security and natural environment.”

“This is a consensus document agreed by the world’s top scientists and governments, and is a conservative stocktake that should serve to spur more urgent action on climate change.”

“Australia is one of the developed countries most exposed to climate impacts in an Asia Pacific region likely to be severely disrupted by climate change. It is in our national interest to act and encourage others to do more.”

The synthesis report is a summary of three lengthier, comprehensive reports released by the IPCC over the last year. The Climate Institute broke down the message of each report for the Australian context and produced a series of infographics illustrating the key messages. Click below for each report:

“This is another reminder of the urgent need to reset the political debate in Australia. Recent climate politics have been more about political and cultural point scoring than about managing very real climate risks, and grasping very real economic benefits.”

“The need for action is now, with significant reductions needed this decade but even greater efforts leading to decarbonisation of our energy supply and broader economy in just a few decades thereafter,” concluded Connor.

For more information

Kristina Stefanova, Communications Director, The Climate Institute, 02 8239 6299

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