Science, politics and finance at the Shift’s plenaries


As partner of the Solutions Gallery, the Shift Project was in Le Bourget – a few steps from COP21 – from the 2nd to the 9th of December. Numerous experts and economic leaders came to speak at our 3 plenary sessions on various aspects of the low-carbon economy.




We had the pleasure of welcoming the following speakers:

  • Michel Lepetit, Vice president of The Shift Project, President of Global Warning and Co-founder of Beyond Ratings
  • Alain Grandjean, Economist, co-founder and associate, Carbone 4
  • Maître Olivier Ortega, Section manager on Public and Administrative Law and Member of the managing committee of Lefèvre Pelletier & associés
  • Julien Touati, Corporate Development Director at Meridiam
  • Pierre Georges, Director – Corporate ratings at Standard & Poor’s
  • Peter Sweatman, CEO of Climate Strategy & Partners and member of the G20 – Energy Efficiency Financial Task Group (EEFTG) Secretariat
  • Benoit Leclair, Vice President of the Regional Council of Rhône-Alpes, delegate for energy and climate
  • Jean-Marc Jancovici, President of The Shift Project
  • Dr. James Hansen, Professor at the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Columbia University and former head of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies
  • Sir David King, the Foreign Secretary’s Special Representative for Climate Change
  • Dr. Youba Sokona, IPCC Vice-Chair
  • Abel Julio Gonzalez, Academician at the Argentine Nuclear Regulatory Authority
  • Brice Lalonde, special advisor on sustainable development to the UN global compact
  • Kevin Conrad, executive director, Coalition for Rainforest Nations
  • Michael Gill, Executive Director of Air Transport Action Group
  • Per Pharo, Director of Norway’s International Climate and Forest Initiative
  • Jane Hupe, Deputy Director Environment at ICAO’s Air Transport Bureau

The summaries and videos of our three plenary sessions, « Massive financing of energy efficiency in public buildings in Europe », « Is it possible to design sound climate policy while ignoring science?» and « Can the aviation sector finance the protection of forests?» are available online.