Associate Research Fellow, Center for Energy & Climate
- Coal markets worldwide
Sylvie Cornot-Gandolphe is a consultant in energy, focussing on international issues. Since 2012, she has collaborated with the Center for Energy & Climate of the French Institute of International Relations (Ifri) as a research associate, with CyclOpe, the reference publication on commodities, and with CEDIGAZ, the international centre of information on natural gas of IFPEN.
Sylvie has a deep understanding of global gas and coal markets, gained during her career, first as General Secretary of CEDIGAZ, IFPEN, then Project Manager, Gas Centre, Economic Commission for Europe of the United Nations in Geneva, then Principal Administrator, Gas Expert, International Energy Agency and then Deputy Director of Business Development and Advisor to the Chairman on energy issues, ATIC SERVICES. She is the author of several reference publications on coal and gas markets. Sylvie is a graduate of École Nationale Supérieure du Pétrole et des Moteurs (ENSPM).
The major transformations that are occurring on the Chinese gas market have profound repercussions on the global gas and LNG markets, especially on trade, investment and prices. In just two years, China has become the world’s first gas importer and is on track to become the largest importer of...
China’s Quest for Blue Skies: The Astonishing Transformation of the Domestic Gas Market Etudes de l'Ifri, September 2019
China’s gas industry has been moving into a new era. China’s natural gas demand has skyrocketed amid a state campaign that encourages coal-to-gas switching. In just two years, China added 75 billion cubic meters (bcm) to global gas demand, the equivalent of the UK gas market, the second...
For the second consecutive year, the coal sector registered good results in 2018. Global coal demand continues to increase (+0.7% in 2018), reversing the trend observed in 2015-16. Coal accounted for 26% of global primary energy consumption, maintaining its position as the second-largest...
Carbon Capture, Storage and Utilization to the Rescue of Coal? Global Perspectives and Focus on China and the United States Etudes de l'Ifri, June 2019
In most of the pathways that limit global warming to 1.5°C, capture of CO2 from fossil-fuel or biomass-based installations and its long-term geological storage (carbon capture and storage - CCS and bio-energy with carbon capture and storage - BECCS) plays a crucial role.
The Trump-led Trade War with China: Energy Dominance Self-destructed? Etudes de l'Ifri, September 2018
Under particular US legal rationale, such as calling foreign imports a “national security threat”, President Donald Trump has started imposing tariffs and/or quotas and has launched national security investigations on a growing number of imported goods from US allies and others alike.
Over the past decade, an increasing number of emerging markets has joined the liquefied natural gas (LNG) import club.
Coal Exit or Coal Expansion? A Review of Coal Market Trends and Policies in 2017 Etudes de l'Ifri, May 2018
Coal in the power sector is the principal focus of climate-related policies due to its high carbon intensity, making CO2 emissions from coal a leading contributor to climate change.
South Korea's New Electricity Plan. Cosmetic Changes or a Breakthrough for the Climate? Edito Energie, February 2018
Shortly after his inauguration in May 2017, the President of South Korea, Moon Jae-In, announced a major policy shift away from nuclear and coal power, and toward renewables and gas. This would have meant a complete U-turn from previous policies, considering that nuclear and coal produced 40%...
The Role of Gas in the European Energy Transition: Challenges and Opportunities Études de l'Ifri, January 2018
Following difficult years for the European gas industry, natural gas is back to the front stage. Given its environmental credentials, its flexibility, its performance and the variety of its uses, gas has a key role to play in the reduction of green house gas emissions, the improvement of air...
President Trump is using tariffs and quotas as weapons in his trade dispute with China. Sylvie Cornot-Gandolphe and Jean-François Boittin of think tank the French Institute of International Relations (IFRI) argue that his actions threaten US energy dominance worldwide.
“US LNG exports will revolutionise international trade in LNG” according to a recently published report from French think-tank, Institut Francais des Relations Internationales (Ifri)....