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IPCC Working Group III

The IPCC WG3 assesses options for mitigating climate change through limiting or preventing greenhouse gas emissions and enhancing activities that remove them from the atmosphere.

Its latest report, "Climate Change 2007 - Mitigation of Climate Change" was launched on 4 May 2007 in Bangkok.

After describing the GHGs emission trends, the report analyses mitigation options for the main economic sectors in the near-term between now and 2030, providing an in-depth analyses of the costs and benefits of different approaches. It further evaluates long-term mitigation strategies for various stabilization levels, paying special attention to implications of different short-term strategies for achieving long-term goals. Cross-sectorial matters such as synergies, co-benefits and trade-offs are taken into consideration. The report, oriented at assessing the solutions to respond to climate change, considers the policy measures and instruments available to governments and industries to mitigate climate change. It also addresses the significant relationship between mitigation and sustainable development.

The full report is available online and will be published by Cambridge University Press in November 2007. It's Summary for Policymakers and the Technical Summary are being published by the IPCC in the official UN languages.

WG3 is guided by a Bureau with three Co-Chairs: Mr. Ottmar Edenhofer (Germany), Mr. Ramon Pichs-Madruga (Cuba) and Mr. Youba Sokona (Mali).

The WG3 Technical Support Unit, which manages the organizational and administrative activities of the Working Group, is at present hosted by the Potsdam Institute of Climate Impact Research in Potsdam, Germany.