Hidden message of hope in the IPCC report

Press release - 31 October, 2014
Copenhagen, 31 October 2014 – As the 40th IPCC session comes to a close, experts speaking today at a Greenpeace press conference emphasized the leaps forward in renewable technology which refutes the dire future detailed in the draft 5th Assessment Report.

Sientific Advisor for Climate Analytics, Dr. Carl - Friedrich Schleussner said:

"Holding global warming below 2°C means phasing out fossil fuel carbon dioxide emissions by mid century. The carbon budget means we have only 20 years left to burn fossil fuels at present rates.

"In practical terms this means we must start cutting those emissions now, bringing them down to zero shortly after 2050. The longer we wait, the more it will cost.

"However, the IPCC assessment tells us we can keep within this limited budget, and maintain high levels of economic growth throughout the 21st century."

Greenpeace Nordic Climate Policy Advisor, Kaisa Kosonen said:

"The warnings of ‘severe, pervasive and irreversible' climate impacts are in the draft IPCC report, but between the lines is a path out of this mess, towards zero emissions."

"The recent dramatic changes in China's coal boom give the world hope that we didn't have a few years ago. Curbing global emissions in time to prevent catastrophic climate change is now possible if all countries do their fair share. For that, solutions are now more available than ever before, as the IPCC has shown."

"Denmark's total commitment to go 100% renewables is a perfect example of courage in policy-making and proof that it can done."

Managing consultant for Ecofys, David de Jager said:

"Fully sustainable energy worldwide is absolutely possible. Using today's technologies, nearly all our energy can be renewable by the time our children are my age. Solar costs are dropping so fast that even the latest IPCC figures are already out-of-date."


For more information, contact:

Kaisa Kosonen, +358 50 368 8488 (climate science, UNFCCC, EU policy)

Harri Lammi, +358 50 383 1822 (climate science, China's climate & energy policies)

Tarjei Haaland, +45 2810 9053 (Denmark & EU climate & energy policy)

Kat Skeie, +45 2636 1005 (Nordic media),

Arin de Hoog, +31 646 197 329 (international media),


For the presentations in full and all other briefings related to the IPCC go to: