France’s climate plan: a coherent and ambitious framework to be concretized

July 13, 2017

Nicolas Hulot, Minister for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition, presented France’s Climate Plan on Thursday, 6 July 2017. Certain announcements, such as the 2050 target for achieving carbon neutrality and the ban on diesel and petrol vehicles from 2040 drew considerable attention. However, the French plan also contains a number of agendas which should–in the […]

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G20: Spotlight on cooperation for sustainable development

July 3, 2017

The G20 under the German presidency will meet on 7 and 8 July in Hamburg. In a context of tension, particularly following the announcement of the US withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement, it is critically important that the Heads of State and Government – at least of the G19 and certainly no less – […]

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The Paris Agreement on climate: while Washington ponders withdrawal, the rest of the world remains committed to action

May 24, 2017

Since 1995, the climate negotiations have followed a set pattern: one round of talks follows another, with diplomats going back to work every session in their attempts to define, strengthen and coordinate international climate change action. Amidst uncertainty over the United States’ potential withdrawal from the Agreement and as all the latest statistics point towards […]

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Financing the energy transition: it’s not just about the money

With the massification of successful energy retrofits, the accelerated development of renewable energies and the deployment of new sustainable mobility solutions, the energy transition is a huge challenge in terms of mobilising investment, against a backdrop of modest economic recovery and limited budgetary leeway. Although the French Energy Transition for Green Growth Act has brought […]

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Four scenarios for understanding the energy programmes of the Presidential candidates

April 13, 2017

None of the French Presidential candidates have expressed any doubts about the need for energy transition, which involves a deep decarbonization of the French energy system. But there is a significant difference in the solutions envisaged to achieve this transition, particularly in relation to two points: the intensity of the action needed to control the […]

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