NEWS: HEEP Director, Affiliates Participate in IPCC Process
Robert Stavins, Director of the Harvard Environmental Economics Program, joined colleagues in Changwon, Republic of Korea in mid-July to begin preparing the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC’s) Fifth Assessment Report (“AR5”). The IPCC is the intergovernmental organization dedicated to compiling the most rigorous natural and social-scientific research on climate change; the IPCC Assessment Reports are the scientific gold standard in this field.
Professor Stavins is the Co-Coordinating Lead Author (CLA) of Chapter 13 in IPCC’s Working Group III. The chapter is titled “International Cooperation: Agreements and Instruments”; Working Group III addresses approaches to mitigating climate change. Professor Stavins provides guidance to and coordination of the chapter team’s thirteen experts from around the world. His Co-CLA is Zou Ji, Professor of Environmental Economics at Renmin University in Beijing and China Country Director for the World Resources Institute.
Four other Working Group III participants have HEEP affiliations:
In addition, many Working Group III experts have authored or co-authored Discussion Papers released by the Harvard Project on Climate Agreements, closely affiliated with HEEP:
Geoffrey Blanford (Electric Power Research Institute, Palo Alto)
Finally, two expert participants in Working Group III with Harvard Project or HEEP affiliations resigned from the AR5 process because they were appointed to positions in the United States government subsequent to their IPCC appointment. (IPCC’s reports are intended to convey objective scientific research, not the positions of governments.) These are Gilbert E. Metcalf, author or co-author of two HPCA Discussion Papers, on leave as Professor of Economics at Tufts University, and currently serving as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Environment and Energy; and Nathaniel Keohane, former HEEP Pre-Doctoral Fellow, currently serving in the White House as Assistant to the President for Energy and Environment.
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