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Energy and Climate, major geopolitical issues

The Ifri Centre for Energy draws the attention of public and private decision makers on the geopolitical factors influencing global energy markets, and assesses their economic, political and environmental implications for French and European policies in the short and long-term. The areas of research of the Centre for Energy cover the geopolitics of hydrocarbons, the European energy markets, the transformation of the electricity sector, the energy policies of emerging economies, the fight against climate change and the geopolitical dimension of the European energy transition.

With its notes and research papers as well as closed-door seminars, the Centre for Energy is conducting forefront research, benefitting from regular exchanges with international experts and stakeholders. These works feed into the researchers’ frequent interventions in the media and international conferences. Gathering in Brussels the key stakeholders of the energy sector, the Ifri Energy Breakfast Roundtables have now become major European events.

Organisation of the Centre

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

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 in Europe and the world. Traditionally, Ifri maintains close ties with a large number of research institutions that contribute to the work of the Ifri Centre for Energy.

The Center is financed by Ifri partner institutions, organisations and companies as presented in the activity report.

Marc-Antoine EYL-MAZZEGA

Director of Ifri’s Centre for Energy 


Head of EU Energy & Climate Policies, Centre for Energy


Research Fellow, Ifri Center for Energy

Benjamin AUGE

Associate Research Fellow

Olivier APPERT

Senior Advisor, Center for Energy

Thibaud VOÏTA

Associate Research Fellow


The EU gas policy has to deal with a new landscape on the supply and demand sides. This study examines five major recent evolutions of the EU gas market: the relations with Russia, LNG coming back to Europe, the decrease of Groningen production, the contrasted evolutions of shale gas and the...


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...

Wednesday 27 April 2011
from 09:00 to 11:30 - Seminars and Round-table Conferences

As part of the Ifri Energy Program, a seminar with Claude Breining, Head of European Affairs and Standardization Strategy, Schneider Electric Industries, Yamina Saheb, Senior Building Energy Policy Analyst, Energy Efficiency Unit, IEA, and a...

Tuesday 05 April 2011
from 09:00 to 11:30 - Seminars and Round-table Conferences

As part of the Ifri Energy Program, a seminar with Sarah Ladislaw, Senior Fellow, Energy and National Security Program, CSIS, Whashington, Oliver Sartor, Senior Fellow, European Climate Policy, CDC Climat, Paris, and Isabelle Curien, Carbon...

Wednesday 09 February 2011
from 07:00 to 17:30 - Ifri Conferences

The annual Conference of the Ifri Energy Program. Opening with Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council, Thierry de Montbrial, President of Ifri, Günther Oettinger, Commissioner for Energy, European Commission.

Tuesday 23 November 2010
from 08:00 to 10:30 - Seminars and Round-table Conferences

As part of the Ifri Energy Breakfast Roundtable, a seminar with Philip Andrews-Speed, China Energy Policy Specialist, Ian Cronshaw, Head of the Energy Diversification Division, IEA and John Seaman, Junior Research Fellow,...

Wednesday 13 October 2010
from 09:00 to 11:30 - Seminars and Round-table Conferences

As part of the Ifri Energy Breakfast Roundtable, a seminar with Antonio Lucio-Villegas,Director Oficina de Bruselas, Red Eléctrica de Espana, and Lykke Mulvad Jeppesen, Economist, Group Support / Regulatory Affairs, Dong Energy and Richard Cooke<...>

Wednesday 29 September 2010
from 09:00 to 11:30 - Seminars and Round-table Conferences

As part of the Ifri Energy Breakfast Roundtable, a seminar Philippe Marcus, Deputy Vice President, GDF Suez E&P, Dr Simon Mathias, Lecturer of Geoscience in the Department of Earth Sciences, Durham University (UK) et Dr Isabelle Moretti,...

Tuesday 21 September 2010
from 18:00 to 19:30 - Ifri Conferences

Conference with Dr Jane Lubchenco, Administrator - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

On April 20, 2010, America began its more than four month journey of response and recovery form the largest accidental oil spill in history. As the lead U.S. science...

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