Professor Mark Howden: Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Vice-Chair and Director of the Australian National University’s Institute for Climate, Energy & Disaster Solutions presented at a public forum to discuss:
- understanding greenhouse gas emissions and why rapid reductions are in the interests of Australia and Australian industries
- using different emission metrics and why it does, or does not, matter
- the implications of different metrics nationally and internationally
- the pathway ahead.
Review the powerpoint presentation here
About the speaker:
Professor Mark Howden has worked on climate variability, climate change, innovation and adoption issues for over 30 years in partnership with many industry, community and policy groups via both research and science-policy roles. Issues he has addressed include agriculture and food security, the natural resource base, ecosystems and biodiversity, energy, water and urban systems.
He is the Director of the Institute for Climate, Energy & Disaster Solutions at The Australian National University and Honorary Professor at Melbourne University, a Vice Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and is the Chair of the ACT Climate Change Council. He was on the US Federal Advisory Committee for the 3rd National Climate Assessment, was a member of the Australian National Climate Science Advisory Committee and contributes to several major national and international science and policy advisory bodies.
Mark has over 420 publications of different types. He helped develop both the national and international greenhouse gas inventories that are a fundamental part of the Paris Agreement and has assessed sustainable ways to reduce emissions. He has been a major contributor to the IPCC since 1991, with roles in the Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth and now Sixth Assessment Reports, sharing the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with other IPCC participants and Al Gore.