Hugo LE PICARD
Associate Research Fellow, Center for Energy & Climate
- Energy economics
- Electricity access
- Sub-Saharan Africa
Hugo Le Picard is an Associate Research Fellow at the Center for Energy & Climate at Ifri. His research interests mainly focus on the issues of energy poverty, electricity access and the financing of electricity infrastructures in sub-Saharan Africa. He joined Ifri's Center for Energy & Climate in 2018, after a work experience at the European public affairs department of Veolia Environment and at the Mediterranean Foundation of Strategic Studies (FMES).
Along with his research activities, he is a lecturer at Paris-Dauphine University where he teaches courses in microeconomics, image analysis and introduction to deep learning. He also regularly intervenes on energy systems’ development in Africa as part of master's courses at Sciences Po Paris and at Paris-Dauphine University. He holds a PhD in industrial economics from Dauphine-PSL University
New Paradigm for Electrification in Sub-Saharan Africa: How Are Decentralized Hybrid Systems Changing the Game? Notes de l’Ifri, September 2022
After several decades of reforms, the situation in centralized power sectors has hardly changed. The sub-Saharan power sector remains underdeveloped, and power sectors are experiencing significant financial difficulties that have been further exacerbated first by the effects of the pandemic...
Booming Decentralized Solar Power in Africa’s Cities. Satellite Imagery and Deep Learning Provide Cutting-Edge Data on Electrification Briefings de l'Ifri, January 18, 2022
The market for decentralized solar systems first developed in rural Africa, and today it is expanding to the continent’s cities, though these areas are already covered by each country’s central network.
Green Recovery for Sub-Saharan Africa: Boosting Sustainable Electrification Dossier ISPI, Hopes and Realities: A Green Recovery for Africa? June 25, 2021
If sub-Saharan Africa followed the same model of economic development as the rest of the world, focused on the growth of carbon intensive industries, cities and infrastructures, it would seal the planet's climate future. Africa’s emissions today are among the lowest per capita in the world: 0...
The Potential of Digital Technologies for Centralized Electricity Systems in Sub-Saharan Africa Notes de l’Ifri, October 2020
Affordable and reliable electricity access is a prerequisite for the economic development of sub-Saharan Africa.
Solar Power in Sub-Saharan Africa after COVID-19: Healing the Ills of the Sector Édito Énergie, 29 May 2020
The electrification of sub-Saharan Africa is one of the great challenges of the 21st century. It is essential if we are to succeed in creating the 20 million jobs each year necessary to absorb the demographic growth of the region, which is set...
Contribution to the Task Force Sustainable Energy, Water and Food Systems of T20 Saudi Arabia Policy Brief, Task Force 10, T20, March 2020
Waste-to-energy plants appear as an effective means of dealing with two problems of electricity access and waste management at once.
The economies of the Persian Gulf are highly dependent on their petrol exports, particularly to Asia.
Waste Management and Electricity Generation in Africa: Developing Waste-to-Energy to the Benefit of Sustainable Cities? Études de l'Ifri, September 2019
With the expansion of modern production and consumption patterns to large African cities, population growth and urbanization, production of municipal waste has risen sharply. Unregulated dumps are becoming numerous and have strong negative health effects by polluting the local environment....
“Green” or “Brown” Recovery Strategies? A preliminary assessment of policy trends in a selection of countries worldwide
Economic recovery measures taken by several governments in the world so far are not aligned with the Paris Agreement. Yet some governments took important steps in the right direction but they are often insufficient. Two cases stand out : South Korea and the EU. But delivering on the ambitions...