May 03 2011
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IPCC to Release Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources from Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi-UAE: 3 May, 2011 - The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will be releasing their long awaited special report on renewable energy sources (SRREN) from Abu Dhabi on 9 May, announced Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Special Envoy for Energy and Climate Change and Chief Executive of Masdar.
The SRREN report will enable policy makers, the private sector and civil society globally to identify ways in which to integrate renewable energy technologies into future energy systems. The report will also offer a snapshot of environmental and social consequences associated with the integration.
Abu Dhabi will witness ten days of activity related to IPCC as it first hosts the committee in charge of finalizing the SRREN report during the period 5 - 9 May. This will be followed by the 33rd plenary session of IPCC (10 - 14 May) that will be attended by more than 600 delegates representing all member countries of the UN.
"Taking into consideration the due diligence conducted by the IPCC authors and technical experts on all its reports, the UAE views this as an affirmative signal on the importance of its ongoing drive towards development, deployment and commercialization of renewable energy technologies worldwide through the Masdar Initiative."
Dr. Rajendra K. Pachauri, Chairman of the IPCC, said: "As someone who has been following closely the progress Abu Dhabi is making in the renewable energy sphere, it makes perfect sense for the IPCC to release this significant report in the UAE.
"Abu Dhabi is investing so heavily and responsibly in renewable energy. It is fast becoming the renewable energy center of gravity. It gives me a great sense of pride to have been someone who followed this progress since the beginning. I believe we will see even more innovation and engagement from Abu Dhabi in the future."
The Directorate of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) within the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Masdar and various stakeholders in the United Arab Emirates will be attending the meetings on behalf of the UAE.
The DECC will also be attending the IPCC 33rd plenary session from 10 - 14 May where Dr. Al Jaber is scheduled to make an opening statement.
Twenty one years ago, in 1988, the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) established the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to provide independent scientific advice on the complex and important issue of climate change. The panel was asked to prepare, based on available scientific information, a report on all aspects relevant to climate change and its impacts and to formulate realistic response strategies. The first assessment report of the IPCC served as the basis for negotiating the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
Since then, the IPCC has remained the most important source of scientific, technical and socio-economic information to many of the world's most relevant stakeholders.
So far, the IPCC has produced four assessment reports. The IPCC 4th Assessment Report (AR4) resulted in the awarding of a Nobel Peace Prize to the former Vice-President of the United States and the IPCC for their "efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about manmade climate change, and to lay the foundation for the measures that are needed to counteract such change".
The publication of the fifth assessment report is due in 2012.
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