February 25 2015

FOCUS ON: FEEM, Harvard and Stanford Examine IPCC

On February 18-20, 2015, twenty-four experts gathered in Berlin to explore approaches to improving the process by which research on climate change is assessed -- with a focus on the social-sciences (economics, political science, policy studies). Participants discussed potential reforms in the assessments of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and also the development of assessment processes complementary to the IPCC.

The workshop was sponsored by the Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (Italy), the Harvard Project on Climate Agreements, the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (Germany), and the Stanford Environmental and Energy Policy Analysis Center (USA). The Mercator Institute hosted the workshop in Berlin.

Participants included social scientists who contributed to the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report, users of IPCC reports (from national governments and intergovernmental organizations), and representatives of other stakeholder groups. They were based in both developed and developing countries.

Leaders of three of the sponsoring organizations, including Carlo Carraro, Director of the CCSD Program at FEEM, have prepared a memorandum  drawing from the discussions at the workshop. A link to the memo is below. The memo describes specific challenges and opportunities facing the IPCC and provides recommendations for improving the IPCC’s process of assessing scientific research on climate change.

The other authors of the memo are: Robert Stavins, Executive Director, Harvard Environmental Economics Program, Harvard Kennedy School, and Charles Kolstad, Senior Fellow and Professor of Economics, Stanford University. (The memo represents the views of the three authors alone and not necessarily the organizations with which they are affiliated—or of the other workshop participants.)

The organizers are grateful to the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei, and the Mercator Institute for financial support for the workshop.

>>> Download the Memorandum from Workshop, by Carlo Carraro, Charles Kolstad, and Robert Stavins


Tra il 18 e il 20 febbraio scorsi, ventiquattro esperti si sono incontrati a Berlino in un workshop dedicato a studiare le possibilità di miglioramento del processo utilizzato dall’Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) nella valutazione della ricerca scientifica globale sui cambiamenti climatici, e in particolare sugli aspetti legati alle scienze economiche e politiche.

Il workshop, promosso da Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei, Harvard Project on Climate Agreements, Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (Germania) e Stanford Environmental and Energy Policy Analysis Center (USA), e ospitato a Berlino dal Mercator Institute, ha visto la partecipazione di scienziati sociali che hanno contribuito al Quinto Rapporto di Valutazione IPCC, così come di utilizzatori dei rapporti IPCC (dai governi nazionali alle organizzazioni internazionali) e di rappresentanti dei principali stakeholder, provenienti da Paesi sviluppati e in via di sviluppo.

I leader delle tre organizzazioni promotrici, tra cui Carlo Carraro, Direttore ICCG e Direttore del Programma CCSD della Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei, hanno preparato un memorandum  che riassume la discussione sviluppata al workshop descrivendo le sfide e le opportunità che l’IPCC dovrà affrontare e cogliere, e che contiene raccomandazioni per migliorarne il processo di valutazione della ricerca scientifica sui cambiamenti climatici.

Gli altri autori del memorandum sono: Robert Stavins, Executive Director, Harvard Environmental Economics Program, Harvard Kennedy School, e Charles Kolstad, Senior Fellow and Professor of Economics, Stanford University. (Il memorandum rappresenta le visioni dei tre autori e non necessariamente quelle delle tre organizzazioni che rappresentano – o quelle degli altri partecipanti al workshop).

Gli organizzatori sono grati all’Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, alla Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei e al Mercator Institute per il supporto finanziario del workshop.


>>> Scarica il memorandum (in lingua inglese)

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