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Conference on World Energy Outlook

Jean-François Minster, Scientific Director at Total, will talk on January, 18 for the conference cycle on energy and environment organised at École Polytechnique following the Paris Climate Conference 2015 (COP21) held last December.

“Reflections on World Energy Outlook” will be the topic of the conference presented by Jean-François Minster, Scientific Director at Total, on Monday, January, 18 at 4pm at École Polytechnique.

This presentation is part of the conference cycle on energy and environment organised by the Coriolis Institute following the Paris Climate Conference 2015 (COP21) held in December 2015 and the debates on energy transition.

Jean-François Minster, Scientific Director at Total:

We can use several different approaches to try to anticipate what will be the energy challenges of the coming decades.

A classical approach is to determine the fundamental factors in energy demand (demographic evolution, GDP growth, changes in energy intensity of economies), the various production tools’ rates of change, and to extrapolate them. This approach stands in particular for the next 20 years.

>We can also develop more long-term scenarios that take into account the possibilities of technological and social rupture. We find over 900 scenarios of this type in literature, it’s important to identify the differences in their hypotheses in order to understand their scope.

>Other approaches aim to give constraints, particularly in terms of CO2 emissions, and seek satisfactory solutions in energy mix, thus trying to push the limits of what can be possibleaccording to those constraints.

>Finally, the technological approach aims to study the possible energy systems and to identify the technological elements that make these systems functional.

Each of these approaches considers therefore different perspectives on the future of energy. All of them are taken into account to guide the strategic choices of energy companies.

Information:

Conference “Reflections on World Energy Outlook” - Monday, January, 18 at 4pm - Pierre Faurre Lecture Hall.

The conference will be held in English.

Next conference on February 3, 2016 at 4 pm on the results of the COP21 held in December 2015.

This conference is open to everyone: researchers from all fields, students, PhDs, post-docs, staff members, visitors. Coriolis conferences are free; no registration is required, however you can be asked to provide the announcement of the conference and your ID in order to access the Campus.

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