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IFPEN: innovations to tackle the challenges of climate change

 

In December 2015, France hosted and presided the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21).

The objective was to achieve a new international agreement on climate, applicable to all countries, with the aim of keeping global warming below 2°C by reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The objective was ambitious, the challenge considerable.

IFPEN's commitment to tackling climate change permeates all of its research activities. This results in the development and launch of low-carbon technologies, marketed by IFP group companies and industrial partners in the fields of the energy efficiency of processes, the circular economy, vehicle electrification, the use of biomass for chemistry and fuels and the development of marine energies.

Throughout this year, right up until the climate conference in December, IFPEN has conducted a range of different events and initiatives aimed at highlighting its commitment to COP21.

   

IFPEN's commitment to COP21 : 3 questions to Marco De Michelis, Director of IFPEN Institutional Relations and Communications Division

 
Marco De Michelis
  • Is IFP Energies nouvelles concerned by COP21?

IFP Energies nouvelles (IFPEN) is a key player in research and innovation dedicated to the energy transition, i.e. the search for solutions aimed at tackling climate change and reducing CO2 emissions. We focus on the fields of energy, transport and the environment, in particular. The use of fossil fuels, especially in the transport sector, is responsible for a significant proportion of total greenhouse gas emissions generated. The challenge, therefore, is to reduce their impact on the climate. Although our researchers are not climate specialists, they are actively seeking solutions that will make it possible to limit the overall increase in global temperature to below 2°C and hence avoid irreversible damage to the planet. Consequently, it is entirely logical for IFPEN to be involved in COP21, organizing or taking part in various preparatory initiatives leading up to the event throughout the year.
 

 
  •  What is your contribution to tackling climate change?

Our research and innovation activities target the development of low-carbon technologies. These innovations are hinged around two priority areas.
 
- Energy efficiency: in order to reduce CO2 emissions, it is necessary to optimize the use of fossil energies. IFPEN develops technologies designed to reduce the carbon footprint of fossil energies. For example, we develop technologies that reduce the fuel consumption of vehicle powertrains, as well as technologies that improve the performance of industrial processes.
 
- Energy diversification: IFPEN is actively contributing to the development of renewable energies and the creation of new industrial sectors. Our research activities focus, in particular, on three areas: biofuels, plant-based chemistry and marine and wind energies.
 
All of the work described above is designed to accompany the energy transition, a phase during which fossil energies and new energies will sit side by side within an energy mix and see their respective shares evolve.
 

  • In concrete terms, tell us about your contribution to the preparation of COP21

Throughout 2015, right up until the climate conference in December, IFPEN will be conducting a range of different events and initiatives aimed at highlighting its commitment to tackling climate change. All Paris 2015-related communications will be accompanied by the official logo as a visual reflection of our commitment to the climate. The events organized over the course of the year will be aimed at the scientific community, our industrial partners and the general public. It is our firm belief that the general public should be kept informed so that they can understand and are aware of the technological, economic and environmental issues surrounding Paris Climat 2015. To this end, the general public space on our website will be regularly updated with news regarding COP21. We will also be taking part, via Ancre (French national alliance for energy research coordination), in the scientific conference "Our common future under climate change". And we will be rallying our employees, encouraging them to offer their vision of the issues and challenges surrounding climate change and the role of research in bringing solutions.

 

> Events (in French) : Les rendez-vous d’IFP Energies nouvelles dans le cadre de la préparation de COP21

   

For further information on COP21 :

 

www.cop21.gouv.fr

 

Site du Ministère de l'Écologie, du Développement Durable et de l'Énergie


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