At regular intervals, the IPCC presents comprehensive scientific assessments of the existing scientific, technical and socioeconomic literature on climate change.
The broad and geographically-balanced participation of experts from all relevant fields of knowledge and the rigorous and transparent multi-stage review process result in authoritative and unbiased reports. The Forth Assessment Report (AR4) has been published in 2007 and the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) will be finalized in 2014. To provide the best scientific knowledge to stakeholders, the IPCC WG III is leading a number of activities such as the publication of Special Reports and hosting expert meetings.
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One of these activities is the publication of a Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation (SRREN).
As shown in the AR4, renewable energy sources can make a substantial contribution to climate change mitigation as early as 2030. The SRREN aims at a comprehensive assessment of renewable energy technologies and related policy and financial instruments by providing substantial new information, analyses, and evidence reported in the literature on the technological development and deployment, regional assessments, environmental, socioeconomic and sustainability impacts, cost reductions, and the practical experience with the implementation of renewable energies. The SRREN will be finalized and published in summer 2011.
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Workshops and Expert Meetings may be held to support the IPCC assessment process, to scope an IPCC Report or to advise the Panel e.g. on whether to prepare a Special Report.
The IPCC may also co-sponsor workshops if its activity will be useful to the work of the IPCC. Proceedings of IPCC workshops and expert meetings are normally published as IPCC supporting material. Supporting material is not subject to formal IPCC review processes. For some IPCC expert meetings or scoping meetings only summary reports are prepared, which can be found under meetings and documentation.
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