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For a successful Energy Transition Chair

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Presentation

AXA Investment Managers (AXA IM) and the AXA Research Fund have joined forces with Paris School of Economics (PSE) to launch a new research chair: “For A Successful Energy Transition”, in order to further identify the conditions for an energy transition to a net zero emissions world.

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Activities

PSE, AXA IM and the AXA Research Fund will jointly implement the following activities for the chair “For A Successful Energy Transition”:

  • Organization of scientific and public events.
    Research seminars, international conferences and thematic workshops will punctuate the lifespan of the chair, bringing together an academic audience and professionals with expertise in these issues.
  • Invitations to researchers.
    The chair brings together researchers from all over the world, for short or long periods of time, in order to enrich the work carried out and initiate new collaborations.
  • Development and implementation of professional training courses.
    Based on the most recent research developments, the chair can contribute to the strategic thinking of professionals and help them respond to the challenges they face.
  • Exchanges between partners.
    The chair is a privileged place for reflection and exchange between the partners. A transversal seminar is organized, bringing together all the PSE researchers involved with AXA employees interested in the work.

The first seminar “’Bad’ Oil, ’Worse’ Oil, and Carbon Misallocation” scheduled beginning of 2022 will launch the activities of the Successful Energy Transition Research Chair.

Objectives

This chair incorporates three pillars:

  • To better understand the scale of the cost induced by the energy transition, in particular assess the impact of climate policies in terms of stranded assets and green investments,
  • To identify the macroeconomic scenarios of the transition and their consequences,
  • To reassess the instruments of climate policies in terms of their social and political acceptability.

Climate policies will likely have to focus on instruments other than simply taxing carbon emissions. Without a carbon price, or with a price that is too low, where should investments be directed? How, in turn, do these investments interact with the more conventional climate policies already in place? Finally, what kind of tools should be put in place to reconcile efficiency and social support?

To address these issues, the chair’s work will combine theoretical analysis of mechanisms, simulations, and empirical analysis based on historical data. Surveys and experiments will be conducted to better understand the preferences and behaviors of individuals towards the types of instruments that can be considered and their link in building trust in institutions.

Chair’s holders

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Mouez Fodha – Professor at PSE and University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne.

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Fanny Henriet – Professor at PSE and CNRS Research Fellow.

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Katheline Schubert – Professor at PSE and University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne.

Steering Committee

The Steering Committee brings together the chair’s holders, a representative of the PSE management and representatives of AXA.

AXA is represented by Gilles Moëc (AXA Group Chief Economist and Head of Research at AXA IM), Nancie Vendette (Head of Communication, Corporate Responsibility and Smart Working at AXA IM) and Marie Bogataj (Head of the AXA Research Fund and Group Foresight).

PSE Partners

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