École normale supérieure
Ecological and Energy Transitions in Southern Countries
École normale supérieure

Ecological and Energy Transitions in Southern Countries

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Gaël Giraud
Alain Grandjean
the late David Claessen

Instructors: Gaël Giraud

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Intermediate level
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29 hours to complete
3 weeks at 9 hours a week
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The diagnosis of our current development model is clear: it does little to nothing to address inequalities. Worse, it participates in the aggravation of these, while degrading our planet. Only energy and ecological transitions can reconcile economic growth and the pursuit of the social agenda of all states, both in the North and in the South.

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6 videos9 readings7 quizzes

Freeing ourselves from market fundamentalism first of all requires the acceptance of new indicators that complement GDP. These go beyond the simple monetary aspect of well-being and take into account not only the positive externalities generated by social sectors, but also the negative environmental externalities associated with human activities. In this way, we will stop measuring fictitious growth and will be able to steer sustainable public policies. At the same time, the success of these policies depends on the ability of the players to base their strategy on the long term. However, without stricter regulation of the financial sphere, the countries of the South will not have the budgetary capacity to finance major projects of the transition.

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6 videos9 readings7 quizzes4 discussion prompts

Carbon accounting aims to reconcile the time horizon of our actions with the challenges of the energy transition. It limits short-term behaviour by quantifying the externalities of sectoral activities and legitimises the development of punitive regulations. It facilitates cooperation strategies by making international comparisons possible and ensures the transparency of negotiations. In short, it enables country diagnostics to be established, climate-accounting projects to be identified and investments to be redirected towards green assets.

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5 videos6 readings6 quizzes4 discussion prompts

Human activities are on the verge of generating a 6th mass extinction! However, biodiversity, the diversity of marine and terrestrial fauna and flora, contributes to the resilience of our ecosystems in the face of climate change. Their preservation is imperative because they provide us with services that are essential to our daily lives, the supply of natural resources and the provision of cultural well-being.

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5 videos6 readings6 quizzes1 peer review

COP21 underlines the importance of cities as a central part of the transitions. They are close to the local actors, which account for 70% of energy consumption, while the State is also a central actor. As a guarantor of the law, it can establish a favourable regulatory and tariff framework to attract the long-term external financing needed to achieve the transition, while the international financial institutions are beginning to take coordinated action in favour of climate policies. However, it is the regional development banks in the South that account for the bulk of transition investments.

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5 videos6 readings6 quizzes1 peer review

The Stern report published in 2006, reveals that by financing the transitions (1% of world GDP), we are saving money! What will turn out to be really expensive is our passivity, as we will have to mobilize more than 20% of the world's GDP to deal with climate change.

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6 videos6 readings7 quizzes1 peer review1 app item

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4.9 (10 ratings)
Gaël Giraud
École normale supérieure
4 Courses23,423 learners
Alain Grandjean
École normale supérieure
4 Courses23,423 learners
the late David Claessen
École normale supérieure
4 Courses23,423 learners

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