The Shift Project signs a declaration in preparation for the COP 21

Signataires Tribune COP21The Shift Project has co-signed a declaration demanding that strong action be taken to tackle climate issues ahead of the COP 21. Among the other 13 signatories are organizations that bring companies together on societal responsibility and sustainable development. This call for action by economic actors is the first of its kind in France.

Scaling up Energy Renovation of Buildings

Fotolia©The French Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy just unveiled draft proposals regarding the French Energy Transition Law. The Shift Project has been working on the “massification” of the energy renovation of private buildings for over two years. In this article, we share our take on some of the Ministry’s fifteen proposals for the building construction sector, and put forward our own recommendations.

Energy Shift Financing Agency : a unique tool for the energy renovation of public buildings

Consortium SFTEThe Shift Project is part of the consortium of the ESFA (Energy Shift Financing Agency; SFTE in French), whose public launch took place June 19th 2014. This innovative apparatus for the Bank and Finance Conference on the Energy Transition seeks to develop a massive plan for the energy renovation of public buildings, through the creation of a tool adequately combining industrial efficiency and financing.  

1346: THE LIMITS OF GROWTH – The economic transition from the 11th to the 13th century, by Michel Lepetit

Histoires de France - 12 juin 2014More than a simple reference to the Meadows study, whose analysis and previsions are, even 40 years later, amazingly accurate? M. Lepetit explains explains how much energy matters… matter, how incredibly central they are to long term history. It also helps us understand the current situation: a growth crisis following two centuries of prosperity – a prosperity which was made possible by the steam and smoke of engines fueled by now rapidly rarefying hydrocarbons which impact our climate.

Passeport rénovation énergétique : les premiers éléments proposés par le Shift

Passeport rénovation énergétiqueFollowing a series of governmental announcements tackling the energy transition, The Shift Project unveils its own preliminary proposals around the “energy renovation passport”. With the adequate design and roll-out, such a passport would be an effective tool for the entire sector as well as households.

Tackling energy scenarios at the summit

Les participant(e)s, à l’Ecole de Physique des Houches, février 2014Such is the name of the scientific seminar that took place at Les Houches School of Physics on Februrary 2-7 2014 in the Alps. Members of The Shift Project team were among the organizers of the seminar, which gathered over sixty scientists, students and professionals from several continents and scientific fields: physics, economics, engineers and history. The aim of the seminar was to advance the methodological aspects of the study and creation of energy scenarios.

IPCC: curbing GHG emissions is (still) within our reach

Changement Climatique 2014 : Atténuation du Changement ClimatiqueThe IPCC released the 3rd volume of its 5th Report on April 13th 2014. Its main message is as follows: greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are going up despite mitigation efforts. Costs linked to mitigation efforts as well as damages caused by climate change are also going up with time. It is therefore necessary to massively and rapidly curb GHG emissions, and there are a number of ways to do it.

The IPCC provides policymakers with a toolbox for adaptation

Maeslant storm surge barrier in Rotterdam, Netherlands. © Asahi Shimbun / Getty The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issued its WGII (Work Group II) report on March 31st. It says that the effects of climate change are already occurring on all continents and across the oceans, and that the world is ill-prepared for risks resulting from a changing climate. Entitled “Climate Change 2014 : Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability”, it also provides policymakers with a toolbox offering sectorial and regional responses.

Thermal renovation of buildings: The Shift Project recommends a regulatory obligation

The Shift Project submitted its recommendations concerning thermal renovation of buildings to several government representatives between September 2013 and February 2014. In this article, The Shift reacts to recent declarations from the Minister of Housing and the Prime Minister on this topic.

The Shift Project agrees with the Court of Audit's conclusions about the Climate and energy package

Cour des comptesThe Court of Audit's report strikes hard. It warns political decision-makers that fundamental considerations have to be reviewed, such as the inclusion of importations in the carbon footprint or the necessity of saving energy to reduce GHG emissions. In this article, the Shift comments on the Court of Audit's recommendations concerning housing and transportation.