Sustainable development and IPCC AR5

Having played a major role in the Global Energy Assessment (GEA), Transitions to New Technologies (TNT) scientists are making a major contribution to the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) initiative, which is based on the GEA. The linkages between sustainable developed and climate protection that are at the core of SE4All have also been integrated into the IPCC AR5.

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For the first time an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Report has made an attempt to comprehensively account for the complex interactions between climate change and sustainable development linkages, including the co-benefits and potential adverse side-effects of mitigation, a discussion which was strongly influenced by IIASA research in this area [1] [2].

The Fifth Assessment Report’s (AR5) conclusions on investment and finance needs for achieving low-carbon development pathways, as well as the findings with respect to the nexus of energy poverty and climate mitigation, built among others on the IIASA-led Global Energy Assessment and the SE4All initiative in which TNT has been a key actor. One of the new features of AR5 was also that it considered economic and social issues and related policy issues more prominently. Luis Gomez Echeverri contributed to the assessment in these areas as well as to the climate dimension of energy access. The overall co-benefit assessment of the AR5 WGIII report was coordinated by Keywan Riahi.


[1] McCollum DL, Krey V, Riahi K, Kolp P, Grubler A, Makowski M, Nakicenovic N (2013). Climate policies can help resolve energy security and air pollution challenges. Climatic Change 119(2):479-494 (July 2013) (Published online 19 February 2013)

[2] Rao ND, Riahi K, Grubler A (2014). Climate impacts of poverty eradication. Nature Climate Change 4(9) 749–751. 

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Last edited: 28 April 2015


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