Thibaud VOÏTA

Associate Research Fellow, Center for Energy & Climate

Research Interests:

  • China’s energy & climate policies

  • energy efficiency strategy


Thibaud Voïta is a consultant, working on Chinese energy policies, sustainable energy issues and climate change. Since November 2017, Thibaud Voïta is Associate Research Fellow at the Ifri Center for Energy & Climate. His experience includes work with various international organisations, including as an expert seconded by the French government to the United Nations. He spent two years and a half there, working on the preparation and implementation of both the Paris Agreement and Sustainable Development Goal 7 on energy. He also coordinated G20 energy efficiency activities during the three years he spent with the International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation. Prior to that, he conducted projects in China, where he has lived more than four years, working for a consulting company and a research centre. Finally, he has worked with number of governments on the establishment of sustainable energy policies, and has conducted number of projects with private companies (including EDF, Danfoss, Johnson Controls, Philips Lighting, and Total).

Thibaud is a PhD in political science, and his thesis focused on China’s high-tech energy policies. He has published many articles on China’s energy policies and on energy efficiency. In addition to French and English, he speaks Mandarin and Spanish. 

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Finance is arguably the most sensitive climate negotiation topic. Different studies have shown that rich countries emit the majority of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, while the climate footprint of the poorest countries is much more limited.


The Global Climate Action Summit held in September 2018 in California has highlighted the importance of cities for promoting clean energy solutions and for combatting climate change. While energy policies in most countries depend primarily on national governments, cities have the...


During its two sessions (lianghui) in March 2018, the National People’s Congress (NPC) announced China’s most important institutional reforms in the last 30 years. These changes occurred right after Xi Jinping consolidated his power and at a time when stakeholders working in the energy field...


As 2017 drew to close, China officially approved plans for its long-awaited national Emission Trading Scheme (ETS) and the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) outlined some of the implementation details[1]. Though it will be limited...

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