Climate Change Advisory Groups Background

The Climate Change Sub-Cabinet's efforts are organized into two broad themes. "Adaptation" includes those measures that can be taken to respond to the effects of climate change. "Mitigation" refers to measures to reduce Alaska's greenhouse gas emissions and to address other sources and causes of climate change. See the Adaptation Advisory Group and the Mitigation Advisory Group pages for members, meeting information, and documents.

image of Mt. McKinley

Over the past few years, the efforts of the Adaptation Advisory Group and the Mitigation Advisory Group have been supported by the efforts of four or five technical work groups.

The Adaptation technical work groups focused on areas such as how to address present and future impacts on:

    1. public infrastructure
    2. health and culture
    3. natural systems, and
    4. economic activities

The Mitigation technical work groups examined ways in which greenhouse gas emissions can be reduced through conservation, efficiency and technological advances. Technical work groups were assembled around general greenhouse gas mitigation action categories:

    1. oil and gas
    2. energy supply and demand
    3. transportation and land use
    4. forestry, agriculture and waste, and
    5. cross-cutting issues

The Adaptation and Mitigation advisory groups met bi-monthly while the technical work groups met monthly.

The advisory groups assembled information from the technical work groups and delivered final recommendations to the Sub-Cabinet. The Sub-Cabinet, in turn, will evaluate the recommendations and submit a proposed Climate Change Strategy to the Governor.

The efforts of the three existing work groups formed with a short-term focus (Immediate Actions, Alternative Energy, and Research) continued as part of the new, longer-term organization. The Alternative Energy Workgroup members were 'absorbed' into the Mitigation Advisory Group and its Technical Work Groups. The Immediate Action and Research Needs Workgroups remained as entities under the Sub-Cabinet.

All meetings were announced and open to the public. The stakeholder process commenced in May 2008.

Final reports may be viewed on the Documents and Links Page.