Following publication of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report on the mitigation of climate change, IEMA calls for political will and climate leadership to reduce long-term impacts.

Martin Baxter, Executive Director - Policy at IEMA said: “The IPCC report is clear; there is a critical need to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions to limit climate change. Action is needed now to provide the best chance of keeping global annual average temperature change to below 2°C relative to pre?industrial levels. Tackling climate change is affordable, but failure to act now will reduce the chance of avoiding significant climate impacts, lock-in high-carbon infrastructure and increase long-term costs.

We have the capability to address the challenge of climate change and make the transformation to a low carbon, climate resilient economy and society. We now need the political will and climate leadership to put in place a global agreement to make it happen” said Baxter.

The IPCC’s report “Climate Change 2014: Mitigation of Climate Change” assesses the options for mitigating climate change and their underlying technological, economic and institutional requirements.

It follows: the IPCC’s report “Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability”, which assesses the vulnerability of socio-economic and natural systems to climate change, negative and positive consequences of climate change, and options for adapting to it; and the IPCC’s 2013 report “Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis” which assesses the physical scientific aspects of the climate system and climate change.