A carbon-free Europe is both a necessity and an opportunity

"Not tackling climate issues essentially means not doing anything to avoid importing increasingly rare fossil fuel". Jean-Marc Jancovici, Brice Lalonde and Bo Kjellen explain why 'decarbonizing' Europe is a priority in French daily Le Monde (the article, published on June 19th, is in French).  

The conference organized by the Shift and ESCP Europe addresses the link between energy, economy and society

 The indisputable link between energy and economy was at the heart of the conference which took place at ESCP Europe on June 5th, 2012. A summary of the three interventions (by Jean-Marc Jancovici, President of The Shift Project, Jean-Marc Daniel and Olivier Delbard, both associate professors at ESCP Europe) and videos of the entire conference are available online (in French).

Academic success for Rogeaulito in Sweden

On May 25th, two of our interns, Joseph Hajjar and Bastien Praz, presented Rogeaulito during a seminar organized by The Shift Project at KTH, Stockholm’s prestigious scientific university. The seminar was an opportunity for Joseph and Bastien to present the work they have carried out for their Masters theses and show the concrete usage of the Shift’s prospective energy tool.    

TSP-data-portal.org is now online !

www.tsp-data-portal.org homepage browse and export energy and climate data  The Shift Project team has the great pleasure to announce the publication of its Data Portal !   Tsp-data-portal.org gathers public data that can be exported just with a few clicks. Then you are free to use it for your keynotes or research analysis.    Information is organized in so called "datasets". Each dataset allows you to generate a large number of graphs. You can easily browse data thanks to a user friendly design and with the help of a powerful business intelligence software called QlikView.  

Back to the future … of world oil demand and barrel price

The words “prevision” or “forecast” are to be banned of our vocabulary when we talk about energy scenarios, in particular  for long term studies. Still, it is interesting to look backwards in old publications to see what were the projections 5, 10 or even 15 years ago.   The following graph shows the evolution of past projections of International Energy Agency for world oil demand in World Energy Outlook. 

"A Slow-Motion Revolution: Why Aren’t We All Telecommuting?"

Home working currently seems to be a very good solution to numerous daily problems. When we work at home we avoid the stress of traffic jams, spats with colleagues or school leaving time; in short our quality of life increases considerably. 

Expressing one's mood

montée du prix du pétroleWhy is the price of oil rising? …       It’s rising …    because an oil rig blew up,   because OPEC said it wanted it to rise,   because the trouble in Egypt makes people fear the closure of the Suez canal,   because hedge fund speculation is more and more active,   because America has been hit by a blizzard,   because OPEC is holding a meeting,   because OPEC doesn’t hold a meeting,

Plan national d'adaptation au changement climatique : une première en Europe

Logo Ministère de l'écologieOn Wednesday 20th July, the French Ecology Minister, Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, unveiled France’s climate change adaptation plan. Presented as a “European first”, it has a budget of €171 million.

Peak Oil Conference at the European Parliament

Les verts européensThe Greens group at the European Parliament organised a Conference on Peak Oil (PO) on 3rd May in parallel to the ASPO meeting.   The Conference’s objective was to discuss two subjects: first the political analyses and measures around PO, then the evidence surrounding PO and related activities in the different member countries.

European Commission roadmap for GHG reduction

The European Union’s roadmap to reduce Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions is a particularly ambitious one. Divided by sector, it sets calculated objectives for 2030 and 2050, and the processes to be followed to achieve them. It implements the decision validated during the EU Council meeting of October 2009 (1) : to reduce GHG emissions in the 27 States by 80 to 95% by 2050.