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.

2014 - Yes, we can... Shift!

Carte de voeux - TSP 2014The Shift Project wishes you a happy and productive new year! We look forward to pursuing our work with you in 2014 in order to achieve a carbon-free economy.    

Rogeaulito, published in the scientific revue "Frontiers" in Open Access!

Frontiers"Rogeaulito", the world energy scenario modeling tool developped by The Shift Project has been published in the scientific revue "Frontiers" in Open Access!

Scientific seminar at "Les Houches" – February 2014

Séminaire scientifique Les Houches 2014The Shift Project is one of the organizers of a scientific seminar to be held at the school of physics in "Les Houches", Haute-Savoie (France) from February 2 to 7, 2014.

Executive summary of the new IPCC report on climate change is released

Sortie du résumé aux décideurs du 5ème rapport du GIECThe Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released on September 27th the executive summary of the first volume of the panel’s fifth assessment report on climate change. This 20-page summary intended for major political and economic decision makers is the prelude to the full official version to be published in January 2014.

Discovering equity indicators

Article Indicateurs d'équité In a complex and highly charged debate, climate negotiations are often blocked over the question of how to share between countries the efforts to limit global warming to an increase of 2 °C at the end of this century. High-quality quantitative equity indicators exist to define this reference framework to allow a fair worldwide sharing of efforts to respond to the climate change challenge.

Martin Bouygues comes out in favor of the energy transition and supports a key proposal from The Shift Project

Martin BouyguesMartin Bouygues, CEO of the Bouygues construction group, voiced support for the energy transition in an opinion piece published September 19th in the economic news daily Les Échos (Paris). As recommended by The Shift Project in its report on thermal renovation of buildings, Mr. Bouygues is in favor of “a minimum level of binding measures” to get things moving in this direction.