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"Understanding & Acting" conference

Can finance save the climate?

Lecture by Alain Grandjean, environmental economist, founder and partner of Carbone 4, a climate strategy consulting firm. He is a member of the scientific committee of the Nicolas Hulot Foundation and of the economic council for sustainable development for the Minister of Ecological and Solidarity Transition. In 2013, he chaired the committee of experts of the national debate on energy transition. In 2015, together with Pascal Canfin, he submitted the report "Mobilizing Climate Finance - A Roadmap for Financing a Decarbonized Economy" to the President of the Republic. In 2016, together with Gérard Mestrallet and Pascal Canfin, he submitted a report to the President of the COP21 for carbon prices aligned with the Paris agreement. He is co-author of several books on ecological transition including "Financing the Energy Transition: Carbon, Climate and Money" published in 2016.

Alain Grandjean's blog: "Chronicles of the Anthropocene".

Abstract: During the history of the 20th century, scientific practices have slowly made genetic resources a public good circulating more or less freely between scientific communities and Nations. Starting in the 1980s, the use of patents to protect biotechnological inventions has considerably disrupted these practices. While this development is to be welcomed, on the obvious grounds that nothing substantial can be done today without being financed and insured, it is legitimate to try to assess its scope and impact. This is the purpose of Alain Grandjean's presentation, who, after recalling the ecological, social, economic and financial stakes, will take stock of the mobilization of the financial sector and identify new levers for action.