French public and business leaders in favor of energy transition according to national survey

Résultats de l'enquête sur la transition énergétiqueThe results of a nation-wide public opinion poll on the views of French people and French business leaders on the energy transition were made public on June 12th. Conducted by the European Climate Foundation and the French Economic, Social Affairs and Environment Council, the survey reveals that 85% of French people and 81% of corporate leaders consider the transition “urgent”, with both groups perceiving the environmental stake as central and the transition’s benefits as increasing over time.

Meadows and the waste problem: French translation of a 1974 chapter titled “The dynamics of solid waste generation”

Meadows-The dynamics of solid waste generationIn 1974, Dennis Meadows and his MIT research team published a book titled “Towards global equilibrium: the collected papers”, which has never been translated into French. Christophe Mangeant, an engineer at the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission, translated the book’s chapter (number 7) which focuses on the issues surrounding waste produced by our economic model. “Towards global equilibrium” is the sequel to Meadows’ highly controversial and acclaimed 1972 publication, “The limits to growth”.                               …

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".