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JGSEE Faculty Wins IPCC Recognition for Contributing to Nobel Prize

Recently three of JGSEE's faculty: Associate Professor Dr Sirintornthep Towprayoon, Deputy Director, Dr Amnat Chidthaisong an Assistant Professor of the Environment Division, and Dr.-Ing. Christoph Menke, a Professor of the Energy Division and Advisor to JGSEE (on leave from the University of Applied Science Trier, Germany), have been formally recognized by the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) for having made substantial contributions to the IPCC's Nobel Peace Prize award.

The IPCC, together with former US Vice President Al Gore were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2007 in recognition of their efforts in publicizing, in a world scale, the potential threats of global warming and climate change to our planet and its inhabitants, and for working tirelessly on getting the attention of policy makers on climate change mitigation needs and options.

The three members of JGSEE's faculty mentioned above have over the years contributed substantially to the IPCC's process. For example, Dr Amnat Chidthaisong was one of the Lead Authors for the 4 th Assessment Report in Working Group I (among about 450 leading scientists worldwide) on the physical science basis of climate change. Specifically, he evaluated the current state-of-the-art and advances in the understanding of CH 4 biogeochemistry and interaction with climate, synthesized the findings, and reported the findings and updates in the main Report, Technical Summary and Summary for Policy Makers.

In order to estimate global greenhouse gases emission annually, as requested by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), IPCC has developed a Guideline on National Greenhouse Gases Inventories for use by all convention parties. Dr. Sirintornthep Towprayoon has served IPCC in developing the 1996 IPCC revised Guideline on National Greenhouse Gases and the 2000 IPCC Good Practice Guidance. In 2006 she continued her contribution as the lead author in the new guideline called 2006 IPCC Guideline on National Greenhouse Gases Inventories. With these experiences she has been introduced to serve UNFCCC review process on national GHG inventory of Annex I countries as the lead reviewer with special review on the waste sector. In addition she was one of the contributing authors of the 4th Assessment Report in Working Group III dealing with GHG mitigation in the agricultural sector.

Prof. Christoph Menke was involved as lead author in the "Special report on technology transfer", Chapter: Technology Transfer of Energy Efficient Technologies in Industry: A Review of Trends and Policy Issues, a report published by IPCC in 2002. His contribution was based on his experience in energy efficiency especially in the industrial sector in Asia .

hese recognitions serve not only to boost the morale of the
individuals concerned, but also highlight JGSEE's role in providing graduate education and training, and in conducting research in this critical area of climate change, which is one of the 5 core research programs of JGSEE, the other core programs being Bioenergy and Biofuels, Small Hydropower, Energy Management in Buildings, and Energy and Environmental Policy.

 


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