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Together for a sustainable energy future

By Stephane Pouffary
CEO, Energies 2050


ENERGIES 2050: together for a sustainable energy future

Energy: at the forefront of our common future.Transforming constraints into opportunities


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As media feed us every day with new alarming figures about the situation around the world, it becomes clear that our societies are facing an unprecedented crisis, challenging us collectively on our current development model.In this context, issues of population growth, urbanization, depletion of natural resources, societal wellness, climate change, poverty eradication, etc., take on a new dimension. At the heart of these challenges, the need for rethinking our current energy system can no longer be ignored. Our consumption and production models, based on an unbridled energy consumption and relying mainly on fossil fuels, are responsible for a number of economic and social imbalances as well as environmental impacts, which only grow stronger with the increasing energy demand.

Many changes should be implemented in order to overcome this situation, and urgent action is needed. The transition to be applied must be globaland combine three essential and inextricably linked pillars, namelyenergy sobriety, energy efficiency and use of renewable energy sources. Nothing could be worse than givingin to the apparent fatalities. Thus, no potential failure should even be considered.The challenges are big but opportunities are even bigger, and all together,we can move collectively towards a model of development that is consistent with the limitations of our small planet’s resources, ensuring the welfare of all.

It is with this vision that ENERGIES 2050 was created and to this end that our teamis working every day, in France and in over fifty countries, in order to build together a sustainable future.An informal network since 2007 andlater an international non-governmental and non-profit organizationsince 2011, ENERGIES 2050 is committed to demonstrate that our wrong trajectories of development can be fixed.

The Great Transition concept is at the heart of ENERGIES 2050’s activities. Great Transitionmeans a shift towards a more humane, plural and united society, bringing peace and respecting the common goods of humanity.

ENERGIES 2050’s activities are organized around five complementary pillars:
• Implementation of demonstrative and replicableprojects, accompanied bytechnical studies and research in order to provide an evidence base forinnovative approaches;
• Organizing and participating in workshops, roundtables and conferences, to maximize opportunities for debate and experience-sharing;
• Publishing research and project results, to bring together and share knowledge;
• Education, training and capacity-building so that everyone can have the information and knowledge necessary to act;
• Communicating to a large audiencein order to inform, inspire and mobilize.

ENERGIES 2050’s actions and research simultaneously take placeat local level – as the anchorage point for implementing and testing new approaches – and global level, since the idea is to share and spread successful experiences while learning from mistakes.

2015 is an important year in our collective history, especially with the forthcoming adoption of the Post-2015 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals, also with the international climate agreement that must be adopted in Paris in the end of the year during COP21, the 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.In this context, ENERGIES 2050 wants to be a source ofinspiration and has therefore initiated, or is involved in, several international initiatives where energy is a cornerstone, including:

The Francophonie’s Initiative for Sustainable Cities, cofounded by ENERGIES 2050 and the Institut de la Francophonie pour le Développement Durable (IFDD, subsidiary organ of the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie, which gathers 80 states and governments). The Initiative aims to provide cities with a range of solutions that they can apply and adapt according to their priorities and context, as part of a systemic approach and long-term vision. As an example of concrete action, a module “Training on the challenges of energy transition for professionals of the construction and building sector and urban planning” is being delivered since 2011 throughout14 African countries in partnership with the African School of Architecture and Urban Professions (EAMAU).
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ethiCarbon®,a global carbon initiativecreated by ENERGIES 2050, provides a comprehensive and ethical approach to reducing GHG emissions through carbon offset projects that are combined with social solidarity and development activities aiming to engage everyone in along term vision. The ethiCarbon® initiative is designed for all types of stakeholders willing to limit their climate, social and environmental impacts. The innovation of ethiCarbon® lays in the willingness to create a personal link between the “offsetters” and the beneficiaries of carbon solidarity projects. The aim is to encourage the “real concern – real care” concept, which is at the core of the much needed long-termbehavioral changes.

Shake Your Earth,an annual worldwide citizen mobilisation, whichinvolvesthe participation of civil society organisations in many places across the world,on the same day and on an identical theme. The goal is that any citizen, wherever heor she lives, can take ownership of a global issue whilst considering the local implications fortheirdaily life. For the 4th Edition of the Shake Your Earth initiative, ENERGIES 2050 has launched an international citizen contest on the topic “My climate today, my climate in 20 years, and me?”
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The2015 ParisClimate Conference (COP21)will be a particularly important momentum in our collective history. In order to support the implication of all within this major event, ENERGIES 2050 is implementing several activities, such as the elaboration of a Negotiations guide for official delegates, and another one dedicated to citizens; capacity building onthe negotiations process towards African countries; technical support to developing countries in the elaboration of their INDCs ; etc.

ENERGIES 2050 will be present at the COP21 and associated events, and invites its partners and key stakeholders to take part in conferences, exhibitions and other activities that will contribute to demonstrate the numerous opportunities for action and lead the way towards concrete accomplishments.

ENERGIES 2050 will be part of the change. The energy issue must be part of the big deal. Time is not to advocate anymore but to demonstrate evidence and to scale-up inspired projects.

Do not hesitate to join us!

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