Associate Research Fellow, Center for Energy & Climate

Research Interests:

  • hydrogen potential and strategies
  • decarbonization of the industry
  • low carbon policies and technologies


Cédric Philibert is an independent consultant and senior analyst of energy and climate issues, with a focus on renewable energy for industry and transports, the roles of electrification and hydrogen in decarbonising the global economy. He is also an associate fellow of the Ifri Center for Energy and of the Australian National University. He is teaching part time at Sciences Po Paris. He worked for 19 years at the International Energy Agency. He worked first in the energy and environment division, in charge of the evolution of the international climate change mitigation framework. In 2009 he moved into the renewable energy division where he was responsible for technology policies.

A journalist by training, Cédric Philibert served as an advisor to the French Environment Minister from 1988-1990. In 1990 he published two books on climate change and on renewable energy. From 1992 to 1998 he served as an advisor to the CEO of the French Agency for the Environment ADEME, before joining UNEP, then the IEA. He retired from the IEA at end October, 2019. With qualifications in political sciences and economics, Cédric Philibert has published numerous papers in peer-reviewed and other journals, as well as contributions to many books and reports. His interests span from the theory of discounting to price caps and floors in emissions trading to technology development and diffusion policies.

All my publications

Electric vehicles (EVs) are better for the climate – even in worst-case scenarios. Across its life cycle, a typical European electric car produces less greenhouse gas (GHG) and air pollutants or noise than its petrol or diesel equivalent. Emissions are usually higher in the production phase,...


We have made considerable progress in twelve years and the new European Union targets change the scale of renewables, facilitating the electrification of uses. Renewable energies must be pushed to the maximum regardless the future of nuclear power generation.


2.6 billion people globally and 1 billion in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) cook using biomass fuel. The detrimental effects on the environment and public health, as well as the time and money lost are considerable. If nothing new is done, this situation will worsen further in SSA.


The laws of physics and the geographic realities will prevail over the myths of hydrogen (H2): it will essentially be delivering carbon-neutral feedstocks to the chemical and steelmaking industries, carbon-neutral fuels to shipping and aviation, and eventually ensuring security in...

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