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Sustainable Consumption Institute staff handpicked for global climate change work

12 July 2016

Dale Southerton and Frank Geels have been selected to contribute to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change special report.

Two colleagues from the Sustainable Consumption Institute (SCI), Professors Dale Southerton (School of Social Sciences) and Frank Geels (Alliance Manchester Business School), have been selected to participate in a scoping meeting for an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPPC) Special Report.

The meeting, which will take place in Switzerland in August, will address the impacts of global warming of 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways.

Dale Southerton said: “The process for selection was quite lengthy, first involving identification and nomination through a formal body (in my case the UK Government and in Frank’s case through his work with Future Earth), and then selection by the IPCC.

As we understand it, Frank has been selected due to his work and leadership in the field of innovation and myself in the field of consumption.

Of the 78 selected delegates only five are from the UK, so for the SCI to have two of those five representatives says a lot about the status of the research that we are doing.”

When published in 2018 the report will be of great significance in the field of global responses to climate change.

The IPCC is the leading international body for the assessment of climate change. It reviews and assesses the most recent scientific, technical and socio-economic information produced worldwide relevant to the understanding of climate change. 

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