Why a carbon price corridor is not a tax

The Shift Project publishes a study dismissing the legal risk that a carbon price corridor could lead to a requalification of the European Union's Emissions Trade System as a tax. The study concludes that there is no legal impediment or procedural risk in adopting a carbon price corridor.  

Making sure the ECB doesn't finance CO2 emissions

Michel Lepetit, Vice-President of the Shift Project, published a paper in the French daily Le Figaro, explaining the strong link between ECB's investments and CO2 emissions in the EU, and highlighting the risks posed by the "no limit" approach on currency interventions and by the roll-out of multiple economic instruments.

Achieving European climate goals via a carbon price corridor

The Shift Project recommends an auction reserve price on CO2 emission allowances: "a carbon price corridor" within the EU ETS to favour low-carbon investments.  

Carbon Pricing: The Shift Project welcomes Ségolène Royal’s support

The Shift Project was delighted to hear French Minister of Ecology Ségolène Royal call for the implementation of carbon pricing in terms similar to the Shift’s recommendations.

Well done for the Paris agreement: now let’s get to work!

The long awaited Paris Agreement can be considered a great historic victory. Despite the regrettable vagueness about emission reduction by 2100, the Agreement does give strong signals that encourage a move towards tomorrow's low-carbon society: reviewable national goals, a global goal to remain below the recommended 2 ° C, transparency, financing, adaptation, and assessing loss and damage due to climate change.  

Here are all the videos and reports from our conferences at the 2015 Solutions' Gallery!

Date : 2 - 9 december
The Shift Project was at the Solutions Gallery from the 2nd to the 9th of December, a few hundred meters away from the Blue Zone of COP21. We organized three plenary sessions, where numerous climate change experts and officials from various organizations were invited.

Get real about carbon pricing - fast

We’re almost there, yet everything remains to be done. The climate agreement about to be brokered by the international community boils down to one thing: pledges. Turning national pledges on emissions reduction into reality will demand national commitments both in terms of investments and political consensus. The cornerstone is said to be the implementation of meaningful carbon pricing around the world. While there are several ways of achieving this, there are even more potential dead ends.

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. Among them, world-renowned climatologist James Hansen, Youba Sokona, vice-chair of the IPCC, Kevin Conrad, executive director of the Coalition for Rainforest Nations, and Jane Hupe, Deputy Director Environment at ICAO's Air Transport Bureau.

Key economic leaders call for carbon price and European industrial policy

On October 15th at World Efficiency, The Shift Project brought together the leaders of Total, Areva, EDF and E.ON Renewables, as well as a representative of the European Commission for a plenary session on the european energy sector. With Jean-Marc Jancovici, president of The Shift Project, as moderator, the session gave way to an enriching debate.

Low-carbon solutions take center stage at World Efficiency

Date : 13 - 15 october 2015
The first edition of World Efficiency was held Oct 13-15 in Paris. An international showcase of business solutions for climate and resources, the event highlighted the need to engage in the « decarbonization » of the economy. As partner of the event, The Shift Project organized 6 high-level plenary sessions with industry leaders, experts and political decision-makers. All videos are online.