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Energy & Climate


Ifri has celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2019 and is ranked in the top-3 of the world's most influential think-tanks (Upenn Index). Its Center for Energy & Climate combines a unique expertise on energy & climate policies and European and global energy markets, technologies and value chains. In particular, the Center analyses the interplay between geopolitics, geo-economics and energy markets & policies. And how the traditional tensions around fossil fuels evolve and are complemented by new rivalries for other resources, norms, technologies, investments, value chains.

Through its reports, closed-door seminars and open events in Paris and Brussels, the Center for Energy & Climate is conducting forefront and independent research to provide strategic information and analyses to policy-makers, industry stakeholders, academia, media and the wider public. The Center is a leading voice in France and the European Union.


Research areas

  • The strategic dimension of the European Union energy transition and drive towards carbon neutrality by 2050; cooperation and coordination among relevant actors; geo-economic rivalries around the deployment of low carbon energy systems; risks and opportunities for public and private stakeholders.
  • Shifting power relations and alliances in the global climate governance and implementation of the Paris Agreement; climate change and instability.
  • Electricity sectors in Sub-Saharan Africa: scaling up sustainable electricity access, attracting investments and restructuring, and developing low carbon electricity systems.
  • The evolving interdependence between and among fossil fuels producers and consumers; the future stability and geopolitical orientation of fossil fuel exporters.


Organisation of the Centre

The governance and financial structure of the Center ensures that our work is fully independent and of the highest quality and relevance. The Center is financed by Ifri partner institutions, organizations and companies as presented in Ifri's activity report.

The Steering Committee gathers representatives from the Center’s partners, the Director of Ifri, and the Director of the Center for Energy & Climate. Meetings of the Steering Committee provide our partners the opportunity to express their views on the general orientation of the Center.

Marc-Antoine EYL-MAZZEGA

Director of Ifri’s Center for Energy & Climate


Head of EU Policies, Center for Energy & Climate


Research Fellow, Center for Energy & Climate

Olivier APPERT

Senior Advisor, Center for Energy & Climate

Benjamin AUGE

Associate Research Fellow, Africa Studies Center / Center for Energy and Climate


Associate Research Fellow, Center for Energy & Climate


Senior Advisor, Center for Energy & Climate


Associate Research Fellow, Center for Energy & Climate

Kevin TU

Associate Research Fellow, Center for Energy & Climate

Thibaud VOÏTA

Associate Research Fellow, Center for Energy & Climate


The key role of Ukraine in the transportation of Russian gas and the underground gas storage facilities are a legacy of the Soviet era. From the mid-1990s onwards, Gazprom has repeatedly tried to control gas transit through Ukraine and other infrastructures from the Soviet era without success....

By: Lydia POWELL

India’s approach to climate negotiations results from the interplay of two distinct logics, an external one and an internal one. While the external logic is derived from quantitative attributes at the aggregate level, such as the overall size of India’s economy, the internal logic is derived...


After a century of close development between power generation facilities and networks, the liberalisation of the electricity sector has broken this link in Europe. Long-distance transmission networks now play a key role in stimulating competition between generators by giving consumers access...


Water scarcity in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states has traditionally been addressed by finding new ways of producing water. The high costs of desalinated water production are borne by the State through subsidies. As this trend is not environmentally or economically sustainable, new...

Monday 05 October 2009
from 09:00 to 11:30 - Seminars and Round-table Conferences

As part of the Ifri Energy Breakfast Roundtable, a seminar with John Brodman, former Deputy Assistant Secretary at the US Department of Energy. Chairman : Jacque Lesourne, Chairman of the Scientific Committee of the Ifri Energy Program. Moderator :

Monday 06 July 2009
from 09:00 to 11:30 - Seminars and Round-table Conferences

Dans le cadre de l'Ifri Energy Breakfast Roundtable, un séminaire avec Susanne Nies, Chercheur, Responsable d'Ifri Bruxelles, Sophie Dourlens, Analyste, Cross Border Power Trade Department, CRE et François Meslier, Directeur de la...

Tuesday 26 May 2009
from 09:00 to 12:00 - Seminars and Round-table Conferences

Dans le cadre de l'Ifri Energy Breakfast Roundtable, un séminaire avec la participation de Yurdakul Yigitgüden, ancien Sous-secrétaire d'Etat au Ministère turc de l'Energie, Elshad Nassirov, Vice-Président, SOCAR (tbc) et Brendan Devlin<...>

Monday 04 May 2009
from 17:45 to 19:15 - Seminars and Round-table Conferences

Conférence avec son Excellence Kristine L. Svinicki, commissaire de la US Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Discutant : Luis Echavarri, directeur de l'Agence Energie Nucléaire, OCDE. Présidence : William C. Ramsay, directeur du Programme...

Thursday 30 April 2009
from 09:00 to 11:00 - Seminars and Round-table Conferences

Avec la participation de Ian Cronshaw, chef de la Division Energy Diversification, Agence internationale de l'énergie, Tom Vanden Borre, DG Energie & Transport, Commission Européenne.
Moderateur : William C. Ramsay, directeur du...

Thursday 26 March 2009
from 16:00 to 18:30 - Ifri Conferences

Conférence avec Tatsuo Masuda, Professeur, Tokyo Institute of Technology (SIMOT) et professeur invité, Université Paris-Dauphine, André Mernier, Secrétaire Général, Energy Charter Secretariat, et Richard Jones, Directeur Adjoint, Agence...

Thursday 18 December 2008
from 08:00 to 10:30 - Seminars and Round-table Conferences

Dans le cadre de l'Ifri Energy Breakfast Roundtable, un séminaire avec Hinrich Thölken, conseiller économique à l'Ambassade d'Allemagne, Christophe Schramm, Bureau des Energies renouvelables, Ministère de l'Ecologie et du Développement durable, ...

Wednesday 17 September 2008
from 13:30 to 00:00 - Seminars and Round-table Conferences

Séminaire organisé à Bruxelles avec Didier Beutier, Vice President for Economic and Prospective Studies, Areva ; Alice de Brauer, VP Strategic Environmental Planning, Renault ; Koen Coppenholler, Head of European Government Relations, Arcelor...

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  • Analyse of the key issues that will make or break the Green Deal's energy and industrial aspects, by Marc-Antoine Eyl-Mazzega, Director of the Center for Energy & Climate, Ifri, 19 may 2020: The Twelve Labours of the European Green Deal



  • Presentation by Marc-Antoine Eyl-Mazzega, Director of Ifri Center for Energy, 2nd German-Danish Roundtable on Energy Transition, Copenhaguen, 24 September 2019: The perspectives for biomethane in the EU
  • Dialogue with Naftogaz CEO Kobolyev on gas negociations and Naftogaz restructuring, Brussels, 20 September 2019.


        Marc-Antoine Eyl-Mazzega, Director, Ifri Center for Energy and Andriy Kobolyev, CEO, Naftogaz

  • Hearing of Carole Mathieu, Head of EU Energy & Climate Policies of the Ifri Center 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 Center for Energy, Tarek El Molla, Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources of Egypt, Thomas Gomart, Director of Ifri