Beyond GDP as a key indicator: the Shift's analysis and recommendations

The Shift Project has just launched a report on GDP, which sets out to create a breakdown of the various GDP 'usages'. Through this original approach, the Shift sheds light on the reasons why GDP is not the most adequate indicator for political and economic decision-making - in part because it doesn't take into account the finite aspect of natural resources. The recommendations listed in the report were presented on May 13 during a conference and round table organised by the Shift.

Mapping the "carbon transition" in France : the Shift's final report

Cartographie de la transitionThe Shift Project presented a report titled “Mapping of the carbon transition” on April 16 2013 in which our think-tank provides recommendations for transitioning to a carbon-free economy on a national scale. Following the presentation, four experts took part in a round-table and brought insightful contributions to the Shift's study. Its conclusions are especially relevant at a time when the government has launched an official debate on the topic of energy transition that will last until September 2013.

Why Kümhof’s article is a must-read, by Olivier Rech

Peak OilOlivier Rech, a French energy expert and member of ASPO France (Association for the Study of Peak Oil) comments a resarch paper titled “Oil and the world economy, some possible futures” by Michael Kümhof, economist and member of the International Monetary Fund Research Department. Rech is pleased to see that international organizations like the IMF are starting to take into account highly-debated topics such as peak oil in their research work.  Mr. Kümhof recently spoke at a conference organized by The Shift Project in France.  

The Shift supports huge student mobilization on climate issues

The Big Conf' LogoThe biggest set of student conferences focused on climate and peak oil-related issues will take place on April 2nd throughout France. The Big Conf’ aims at raising youth awareness on topics such as climate change and energy constraints. More than 80 students trained by the “Avenir Climatique” student association will give conferences in approximately 40 colleges and universities across the country.

Advancing the debate on thermal renovation of buildings

Rénovation thermique du bâtimentOn February 18th, The Shift Project presented its recommendations on thermal renovation of buildings in France, which has been the subject of much debate as of late. Many experts and professionals exchanged views during the conference and two round tables.      

The Doha summit raises more concerns than solutions

Much disappointment was felt when the Doha summit ended on December 8th. The extension of the Kyoto agreement was overshadowed by the absence of 1) a detailed timetable for future negotiations and 2) binding mechanisms to help developing countries fight climate change. A global agreement involving all countries is the only way to reduce GHG – but it seems hardly achievable by 2015.

How the French Debate on Energy Transition will work

DNTEIn France, a national debate on Energy Transition has just been launched and will last until next summer. Meeting all its objectives will probably be challenging, but it might be successful in raising public awareness and education on key issues. This article (available in French only at the moment) provides an overview of how the debate will roll out over the next few months.  

Factoring in energy when granting mortgages

Banks will have to factor in energy-related information when granting personal loans : such is the main conclusion drawn from a study carried out by The Shift Project on household energy expenditure. The evolution of the cost of energy will directly impact households, at a level which will vary according to the setting (urban or rural). Highlights of the study are presented by Cédric Ringenbach and Jérôme Courcier, respectively Director and member of the board at the Shift, in an article published in the French monthly "Banque".

High ambitions for a successful transition

When he spoke at the national environmental conference last month, French President François Hollande referred to experts as crucial players in the country's ecological transition. By stating that expertise must be both independent and pluralistic, he sent a positive message to think-tanks like ours. Scientific facts and high-level expertise are the backbone of The Shift Project's work, and we will be happy to contribute to the national debate which will unfold over the next 6 months. In this article, TSP comments a selection of topics in the government's roadmap.  

Long-term investing: mission impossible?

The energy 'transition' will require massive investments in the real economy. Can the financial world evolve to restore trust and engage in long-term perspective? Drawing on a review of investment in UK equity markets, Pr. John Kay will present his recommendations at a Finance Watch conference on October 17th.