Bill Hare is a Climate Scientist with over twenty years experience in the science, impacts and policy responses to climate change and stratospheric ozone depletion. He is a co-founder and CEO of Climate Analytics, a non profit company based in Berlin, which was established in December 2008 to synthesize and advance scientific knowledge in the area of climate change and provide state-of-the-art solutions to global and national climate change policy challenges. He is also a Visiting Scientist in the Earth System department at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research.

He was lead Author for the IPCC’s Climate Change 2007: Mitigation of Climate Change component of its Fourth Assessment Report (AR4) and he was the focal point for the section on Article 2 of the UNFCCC in the Synthesis Report of the AR4. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.

In 2010 and 2011, Hare was a co-lead author for the UNEP Emissions Gap and Bridging the Emissions Gap reports. In 2012 and 2013 he co-led the World Bank Reports “Turn Down the Heat”. In 2008 Dr Hare was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science by Murdoch University for his contributions to the climate change issues.

Areas of scientific and policy expertise include the science and impacts of climate change, international climate policy, including the architecture of the international climate regime; climate system response to greenhouse gas forcing and the assessment of emission pathways. Dr Hare has regularly advised Ministers and Heads of Government from the most vulnerable countries on all aspects of climate change and has presented science and policy assessments to Ministerial and head of government fora including G8 Environment Ministers, OECD Forum, AOSIS, and Climate Vulnerable Forum meetings.

Climate Analytics is part of the Climate Action Tracker (with Ecofys and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impacts Research), an independent science-based assessment that tracks the emission commitments and actions of countries. It provides an up-to-date assessment of individual national pledges to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.

Areas of his scientific and policy expertise include the architecture of the international climate regime, issues relating to Article 2 of the UNFCCC (the prevention of dangerous climate change), climate system response to greenhouse gas forcing and the assessment of emission pathways, land-use change and forestry issues, and aspects of international emission trading.

From 1992 until end of 2008 he was the Climate Policy Director for Greenpeace International. He is one of the most experienced experts on international climate policy, following and shaping the negotiations since 1990 and advising various head of delegations and senior politicians on climate science and climate policy strategies.

Experience

  • –present
    Researcher, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research
  • 2008–2013
    CEO, Climate Analytics gGmbH

Honours

Doctor of Science (honoris causa), Murdoch University