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Energy & Climate

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In 2019, Ifri is celebrating its 40th anniversary and has been ranked the world's second most influential think-tank (Upenn Index). Its Centre for Energy & Climate combines a unique expertise on energy markets, value chains and technologies, as well as the interplay between geopolitics and energy markets.

Through its Reports, closed-door seminars and open events, the Centre for Energy & Climate is conducting forefront research, benefitting from regular exchanges and cooperation with international experts, Ministries and Industry players. The Centre is a leading voice in the European Union, with a wide network of influential stakeholders attending the Ifri Energy Debates hosted in Brussels and Paris. High-quality media and economic newspapers are frequently reporting on our research findings.

Research areas

  • The geopolitics of fossil fuels: global trends of the oil, gas and coal sectors, with a focus on short and longer term trends in demand, production and trade patterns, and shifting geopolitics.
  • The strategic dimension of the energy transition: policy, technology and market forces underpinning the decarbonization and wider transformation of global & European energy systems, the geoeconomic rivalries for the control over value chains of low carbon technologies, risks and opportunities for public and private stakeholders.

Organisation of the Centre

The governance structure of the Centre ensures that our work is independent and of the highest quality and relevance.

The Center is financed by Ifri partner institutions, organizations and companies as presented in the activity report. The Steering Committee gathers representatives from the Centre’s partners, the Director of Ifri, and the Director of the Centre for Energy. Meetings of the Steering Committee provide our partners the opportunity to express their views on the general orientation of the Centre.

The Centre also benefits from contributions of a wide network of researchers and experts in the energy field from Europe and from all over the world.

Marc-Antoine EYL-MAZZEGA

Director of Ifri’s Centre for Energy & Climate

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Carole MATHIEU

Head of EU Energy & Climate Policies, Centre for Energy & Climate

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Hugo LE PICARD

Research Fellow, Ifri Center for Energy & Climate

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Benjamin AUGE

Associate Research Fellow

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Olivier APPERT

Senior Advisor, Centre for Energy & Climate

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Thibaud VOÏTA

Associate Research Fellow

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This area deals with global geopolitical trends of the oil, gas and coal sectors, with a focus on short and longer term trends in demand and supply.
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This area focuses on the economic and geopolitic transformation of the electricity sector, at French, European and global levels. A specific attention is devoted to the future of the nuclear industry and the strong development of renewable energy sources.
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This area examines the major policy regulatory issues of the European internal and external energy policies, with a focus on the integration of energy markets and the deployment of low-carbon technologies. 
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This area deals with the climate change policies adopted at national levels, as well as the positions of the main emitting countries in the international climate negociations. In particular, this area focuses on the implementation of the Paris Agreement on climate and global efforts to reduce...
10/09/2019

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...

10/09/2019

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...

27/08/2019

RAMSES 2020. A World without a Compass?, written by Ifri's research team and external experts, offers an in-depth and up-to-date analysis of geopolitics in today’s world.

23/08/2019
By: Sébastien TREYER, Patrick GUILLAUMONT

The G7 has made the fight against inequality a crosscutting issue for the Biarritz Summit. The Development Ministerial will address issues of vulnerability, especially the Sahel Alliance. This focus on inequalities and vulnerabilities is nonetheless inseparable from a general discussion on...

27/06/2019

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...

04/06/2019

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.

03/06/2019
By: Claire DEMESMAY, Barbara KUNZ, (eds.)

While international multilateralism is under strain, it is vital for France and Germany to defend it, since it is the most appropriate system for preserving their interests – particularly in terms of welfare, security, prosperity and environmental protection. Against this backdrop, three...

02/05/2019

French battery cell manufacturer Saft and Opel, the German subsidiary of automaker PSA Group, are finalising the details of a major investment project in battery cell manufacturing. Is the European Union (EU) finally challenging Asia’s dominance on battery cells production? What chances...

12
Jun
2019
Wednesday 12 June 2019
from 09:00 to 10:30 - Seminars and Round-table Conferences

Egypt has been undertaking bold and comprehensive reforms of its energy sector: liberalization and progressive removal of fossil fuel subsidies, alongside a deployment of renewable energy sources. At the same time, super large gas discoveries and rapid and efficient investments have...

06
Jun
2019
Thursday 06 June 2019
from 09:00 to 11:30 - Seminars and Round-table Conferences

The electricity system in North-West continental Europe is highly-interconnected and political decisions to adjust the national generation mixes have direct implications on neighboring countries.

05
Jun
2019
Wednesday 05 June 2019
from 09:30 to 18:00 - Seminars and Round-table Conferences

The Think Thank 7 (T7) is an engagement group that brings together the leading Think Tanks from the G7 countries in order to analyze and make recommendations on key issues of the G7 presidency.

24
Apr
2019
Wednesday 24 April 2019
from 09:00 to 11:30 - Seminars and Round-table Conferences

2019 sets the stage for a reassessment of the role of natural gas in the European energy transition. The proposed coal phase out in Germany may foster its role in power generation. France has pledged to give biomethane a try while expecting a cost cut, and grid injection projects are booming...

28
Jan
2019
Monday 28 January 2019 to Tuesday 29 January 2019
from Monday 28 January 2019 15:00 to Tuesday 29 January 2019 13:00 - Seminars and Round-table Conferences

The 4x4 Directors Forum is an annual meeting gathering the directors of four European and four African Think Tanks to discuss current challenges that both continents are facing. The purpose is to identify common positions and asymmetries, and address possible areas of cooperation in order to...

08
Nov
2018
Thursday 08 November 2018
from 09:00 to 17:30 - Seminars and Round-table Conferences

Despite its marginal contribution to the historical growth in greenhouse gas emissions, the African continent could be one of the most vulnerable to the adverse impacts of climate change.

19
Oct
2018
Friday 19 October 2018
from 09:00 to 11:00 - Seminars and Round-table Conferences

The United States (US) are currently ramping up exports of liquefied natural gas (LNG) and new export projects are being developed. President Trump’s energy dominance and trade deficit reduction policy relies strongly on promoting US LNG exports. At the same time, Gazprom has been...

11
Oct
2018
Thursday 11 October 2018
from 09:00 to 14:30 - Ifri Conferences

After years of debates around the structural failures of the EU electricity markets, time has come to agree on potential remedies. With the adoption of the Clean Energy Package, a new legislative framework will govern electricity exchanges for the next decade. In parallel, the EU is about to...

27
Jun
2018
Wednesday 27 June 2018
from 09:00 to 11:00 - Seminars and Round-table Conferences

Mediterranean countries have to embrace the challenge of balancing the energy needs of their growing populations and economies, with energy security considerations and environmental sustainability commitments, in line with the recent Paris Agreement on climate.

13/05/2019

Over and again, legislators worldwide are confronting the same question: which technologies do we subsidise and support, when, by how much, and for how long. Get it right and those costs will reduce and should disappear once scale is reached. Solar and wind are on their way to proving...

10/05/2019
By: Carole MATHIEU, quoted by Nicholas Nhede on Smart Energy International

Carole Mathieu of the French Institute of International Relations explains some of the developments between the EU battery manufacturing and automaker industries and how they impact on the region's contributions towards the global energy storage market.

24/10/2018

Total SA boss Patrick Pouyanne proved once again that he’ll go where other business leaders fear to tread. The storm in Saudi Arabia caused by the killing of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi was too much for the chief executive officers of Siemens AG and BlackRock Inc., who pulled out of...

10/10/2018
By: Carole MATHIEU, quoted by Ajit Niranjan in Deutsche Welle

Belgium is slowly phasing out its aging nuclear energy infrastructure. But looming winter weather, limited renewable options and a poorly connected electricity network have left the country at risk of blackouts.

 

28/09/2018

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.

2019

  • Hearing of Carole Mathieu, Head of EU Energy & Climate Policies of the Ifri Centre for Energy, National Assembly,  25 July 2019, Paris : Commission of inquiery Impacts of the Energy Transition (video)

    

 

  • Fruitful conversation with Egypt's Minister of Petroleum and Natural Resources Tarek El Molla about Egypt's impressive energy sector reforms and positioning as a regional gas hub, Ifri, 12 June, Paris.

Marc-Antoine Eyl-Mazzega, Director of Ifri Centre for Energy, Tarek El Molla, Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources of Egypt, Thomas Gomart, Director of Ifri

 

 

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