Dr Reisinger brings an internationally recognised scientific profile in climate change. Andy is a member of the Bureau of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and vice-chair of Working Group III (Mitigation), and played a key role in the successful approval of the IPCC's 6th Assessment Report on mitigation. He also served as coordinating lead author in two major IPCC climate change reports released in 2014. Andy is also serving as Commissioner for He Pou a Rangi, the New Zealand Climate Change Commission, which provides evidence-based advice to guide climate change action for Aotearoa. This includes advice to the Government on emission budgets and targets and related policies, as well as undertaking regular national climate change risk assessments. The Commission also monitors the Government's response to climate change through its Emission Reduction and National Adaptation Plans.
Prior to this role, Andy was Principal Scientist for climate change at the Ministry for the Environment, and Deputy Director (International) of the New Zealand Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Research Centre, a fully-government funded Centre working in partnership with industry to develop and extend ways of reducing New Zealand’s and global agricultural greenhouse gas emissions.
Andy’s personal research interests focus on the role of agriculture in domestic and international climate change policy, greenhouse emission metrics, adaptation strategies, and ways of managing uncertainty in decision-making for mitigation and adaptation.