French Energy Transition bill: too little, too vague

The bill on energy transition voted October 14 at the first reading in the Assembly confirms several essential ideas. But it lacks the strategic vision needed to achieve the "green" growth model which the government is hoping will shape the French economy. In this article, The Shift Project explains why it believes the government’s plan suffers major economic hurdles.

The Shift unveils its Passport for Energy Efficiency

Passeport Efficacité EnergétiqueThe Shift Project is about to test its Passport for Energy Efficiency, a tool able to speed up thermic renovation in France in a scope way wider than what is prescribed by the law on energy transition. The tryouts of the "Passport", which has been designed by the main actors of the business, will start in October 2014 in several regions and cities.  

The Shift develops a tool for large-scale energy renovation of buildings

The provision adopted on September 25 by the Members of Parliament is too small a step. To meet the challenges that come with the energy renovation of buildings in France, The Shift Project has developed a "Passport for Energy Efficiency" which will provide a solution for households and professionals alike.

The Shift Project launches a new project aimed at reconciling public procurement and innovation

Fotolia_#42020756-© Olivier Le MoalRecognising that public procurement plays a key role in achieving a low-carbon economy, The Shift Project has initiated a working group to study ways in which current tender mechanisms can be improved. Our think tank's objective is to bring forward proposals to make public procurement more flexible, more responsive and more open to innovation.

The Shift Project signs a declaration in preparation for the COP 21

Signataires Tribune COP21The Shift Project has co-signed a declaration demanding that strong action be taken to tackle climate issues ahead of the COP 21. Among the other 13 signatories are organizations that bring companies together on societal responsibility and sustainable development. This call for action by economic actors is the first of its kind in France.

Scaling up Energy Renovation of Buildings

Fotolia©The French Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy just unveiled draft proposals regarding the French Energy Transition Law. The Shift Project has been working on the “massification” of the energy renovation of private buildings for over two years. In this article, we share our take on some of the Ministry’s fifteen proposals for the building construction sector, and put forward our own recommendations.

Energy Shift Financing Agency : a unique tool for the energy renovation of public buildings

Consortium SFTEThe Shift Project is part of the consortium of the ESFA (Energy Shift Financing Agency; SFTE in French), whose public launch took place June 19th 2014. This innovative apparatus for the Bank and Finance Conference on the Energy Transition seeks to develop a massive plan for the energy renovation of public buildings, through the creation of a tool adequately combining industrial efficiency and financing.  

1346: THE LIMITS OF GROWTH – The economic transition from the 11th to the 13th century, by Michel Lepetit

Histoires de France - 12 juin 2014More than a simple reference to the Meadows study, whose analysis and previsions are, even 40 years later, amazingly accurate? M. Lepetit explains explains how much energy matters… matter, how incredibly central they are to long term history. It also helps us understand the current situation: a growth crisis following two centuries of prosperity – a prosperity which was made possible by the steam and smoke of engines fueled by now rapidly rarefying hydrocarbons which impact our climate.

Passeport rénovation énergétique : les premiers éléments proposés par le Shift

Passeport rénovation énergétiqueFollowing a series of governmental announcements tackling the energy transition, The Shift Project unveils its own preliminary proposals around the “energy renovation passport”. With the adequate design and roll-out, such a passport would be an effective tool for the entire sector as well as households.

Tackling energy scenarios at the summit

Les participant(e)s, à l’Ecole de Physique des Houches, février 2014Such is the name of the scientific seminar that took place at Les Houches School of Physics on Februrary 2-7 2014 in the Alps. Members of The Shift Project team were among the organizers of the seminar, which gathered over sixty scientists, students and professionals from several continents and scientific fields: physics, economics, engineers and history. The aim of the seminar was to advance the methodological aspects of the study and creation of energy scenarios.