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Climate policies and energy transition

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The Climate policies and energy transition research axis whithin Ifri's Center for Energy & Climate 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 green-house gas emissions to limit the increase of temperature at +1,5° by 2100.

Marc-Antoine EYL-MAZZEGA

Director of Ifri’s Center for Energy & Climate

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Diana-Paula GHERASIM

Research Fellow, Head of European energy and climate policies, Center for Energy & Climate

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Thibault MICHEL

Research Fellow, Center for Energy & Climate

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Hugo LE PICARD

Associate Research Fellow, Center for Energy & Climate

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Cédric PHILIBERT

Associate Research Fellow, Center for Energy & Climate

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29/05/2024
By: Marc-Antoine EYL-MAZZEGA, Diana-Paula GHERASIM, (eds) , Kevin TU, Thibault DENAMIEL, Narendra TANEJA, Gaylor MONTMASSON-CLAIR, Fatin DURUKAN

Ahead of June 2024 European elections and against the backdrop of growing geopolitical and geoeconomic frictions, if not tensions, between the EU and some of its largest trade partners, not least based on the external impacts of the European Green Deal (EGD), Ifri chose to collect views and...

02/05/2024

Indonesia is a country that is booming economically and demographically. This not only matters for regional, political, and energy security, but also increasingly, for the world’s energy transitions, due to Indonesia’s large metal reserves, as well as its equally important coal consumption in...

25/04/2024

While solar photovoltaic (PV) installations are booming in Europe (and in other parts of the world), the local industry is closing down. Over the past two years, the European installed solar PV capacity has been multiplied by two. On the other hand, the remaining European manufacturers of...

11/04/2024

Transport, energy, water and telecommunications infrastructures are vital for economic development. These infrastructures are also fundamental for the achievement of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which have suffered a setback notably due to the Covid-19 pandemic, wars, and...

09/04/2024
By: Raphael DEBERDT

The United States (US) reliance on foreign supplies of raw and processed critical minerals is pressing Washington to devise a strategy to secure short-, medium- and long-term solutions. Pressure only increased with the booming demand spurred partly by the Inflation Reduction Act’s (IRA)...

18/03/2024

With the war in Ukraine, Germany’s “traffic light” coalition government has had to adapt its climate policy to the upheavals caused by this war, which has turned its economic, energy, and military model upside down. Against a backdrop of high energy costs and increasing calls for reshoring in...

01/03/2024

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,...

25/01/2024

The European Green Deal has not been planned for the current extraordinarily deteriorated internal and external environment. Russia’s war in Ukraine, higher interest rates, inflation, strained public finances, weakened value chains, and lack of crucial skills pose unprecedented challenges....

11/01/2024

This Briefing offers an analysis of Brazil's political and economic situation and prospects at the end of 2023. It also examines Brazil's position on certain international relations issues, thirteen months after Lula's election.

30/11/2023

The UN climate conference in Dubai faces a moment of troubled geopolitical agenda lowering the focus on the climate emergency, but natural ecosystems will not wait for human decisions. A challenging test for the survival of diplomacy.

31
May
2024
Friday 31 May 2024
at 08:30 - Conférences

The United Nations' 2030 Agenda is organized around the climate and development nexus. The fight against climate change is a cross-cutting Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) that is not limited to SDG 13 and environmental policies.

06
May
2024
Monday 06 May 2024
from 12:30 to 14:00 - Videoconferences

On December 6, 2023 during the COP28, Germany presented its new Strategy on Climate Foreign Policy. The strategy seeks to build strong partnerships with countries worldwide in the fight against climate change, maintaining biodiversity and securing renewable energy sources.

18
Mar
2024
Monday 18 March 2024
from 11:00 to 12:30 - Videoconferences

Germany managed to overcome the brutal energy decoupling from Russia, and the energy price crises, and greenhouse gas emissions are in decrease. Europe’s largest economy now needs to cope with the Constitutional court budget spending limitations, internal coalition struggles, competitiveness...

01
Feb
2024
Thursday 01 February 2024
from 08:30 to 11:00 - External Events

The European Union's energy transition has historically never been so advanced, yet never so vulnerable. Over the last four years, the European Union (EU) has experienced significant growth in renewable energy capacities, Electric Vehicle (EV), and heat pump adoption. Progress has...

21
Sep
2023
Thursday 21 September 2023
from 09:00 to 10:30 - Videoconferences

The United States of America has deployed the powerful tool of the Inflation Reduction Act to stimulate decarbonization investments, support all low carbon technologies and prioritize homemade technological leadership. 

16
Jun
2023
Friday 16 June 2023
from 08:45 to 17:00 - Conférences

Germany’s transition to climate neutrality will require large volumes of low carbon hydrogen and byproducts (H2). A large part will have to be imported, and German companies plan to play a key role across significant portions of the value chains with the backing of the government.

13
Feb
2023
Monday 13 February 2023
from 11:30 to 13:00 - Videoconferences

At COP15 on Biodiversity in Montreal last month, a historical deal was reached, which includes the goal of protecting 30% of the world’s land and water ecosystems, mobilizing USD 200 billion, and moving away from environmentally harmful investments.

11
May
2022
Wednesday 11 May 2022
from 12:30 to 14:15 - Videoconferences

The first REPowerEU proposals aimed at reducing Russian gas demand, boosting resilience and decarbonization, call for a hydrogen accelerator with 10 Mt of additional hydrogen imports by 2030 and 5 Mt of additional domestic production, compared to 10 Mt of domestic production planned in the Fit...

14
Mar
2022
Monday 14 March 2022
from 12:30 to 14:00 - Videoconferences

Russia’s war with Ukraine has multiple spillover effects on Europe’s energy systems which face multiple threats adding up to systemic weaknesses and challenges. 

27/07/2023
By: Marc-Antoine EYL-MAZZEGA, interviewed by Kamen Kraev for NUCNET

Argument that reactors are expensive "does not hold any more", conference hears. Nuclear plants will be needed for the future stability of Europe’s grid, Marc-Antoine Eyl-Mazzega said. 

22/06/2023

The recent energy crisis has highlighted our economies' dependence on energy resources. With fossil fuels becoming less available, and a necessary transition to more decarbonised alternatives, could tomorrow's energy not become more expensive and less certain in...

21/11/2022
By: Diana-Paula GHERASIM, interviewed by Rim Berahab via the organisation Policy Center for the New South

The European Green Deal (EGD) is the single most defining policy initiative of the Von der Leyen Commission. Since its publication in December 2019, it has become the European Union’s (EU) new raison d’être.

11/10/2022

Replay from Ifri's conference at the European Parliament in Brussels (October 11, 2022). The combination of the climate crisis and Russia’s war in Ukraine makes the case for a much faster transition to a fully decarbonized power system. 

 

30/03/2022
By: Fatih Birol, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA).

Fatih Birol, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA), makes 5 key recommendations for the future of French energy & climate policies to foster energy security and achieve climate objectives:

19/11/2020
By: Kevin TU, quoted by Bloomberg

Asia’s biggest economy wants to promote fuel cells for trucks. Renewable energy investments should make hydrogen less costly. Tesla Inc.Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk has spent years mocking the idea of using hydrogen fuel cells rather than electric batteries to power next-generation green...