Skip to main content

IPCC ask for comments on Synthesis draft report

Hydrocarbon Engineering,

Authors of the Intergovernmental Report on Climate Change (IPCC) have completed the draft of the Synthesis Report of the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) and have sent it to governments asking for comments. The report is the final product of the Fifth Assessment cycle. It will integrate key messages from the three recent working group reports:

  • The physical science basis, September 2013.
  • Impacts, adaptation and vulnerability, March 2014.
  • Mitigation of climate change, April 2014.

The review period runs between 25 August and 10 October. The comments received will prepare the way for the meeting in Copenhagen in late October where the IPCC will finalise the Synthesis Report. At the meeting, the IPCC’s member governments will examine the report’s Summary for Policymakers line by line and the longer report section by section in dialogue with the authors that have written the report. The report will be officially released on 2 November 2014.

Approximately 6000 comments were received following the review of the first draft. Besides government, experts from the scientific community were also invited to take part. According to IPCC procedures, the authors of a report must respond to every comment received in the review process. To ensure transparency, all comments and the responses from the authors will be published together with the drafts after the report is published.


Rajendra K. Pachauri, Chiarman, IPCC said, ‘this Synthesis Report, integrating the findings of the three working group contributions to the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report and two special reports, will provide policymakers with a scientific foundation to tackle the challenge of climate change. It would help governments and other stakeholders work together at various levels, including a new international agreement to limit climate change.’

Edited from press release by Claira Lloyd

Read the article online at:


Embed article link: (copy the HTML code below):