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“Paris Metropole : Becoming Carbon-Neutral by 2050” : 3 scenarios for a Carbon-Free Paris

Leonard, Shell and the OECD have joined forces to develop, with the help of 45 public and private experts, three prospective scenarii paving the way for the decarbonisation of Paris and its region by 2050.

The published report will be presented during a public online meeting on 10 November at 9.00 am.

To build the report entitled “Paris Metropole: Becoming Carbon-Neutral by 2050”, a workshop gathered 45 experts from 30 public and private organisations, including Paris City Council, the Île-de-France Region, the Ministry of the Ecological Transition, the International Energy Agency, the Sorbonne and Stanford Universities and major French companies.

“The objectives set out in the Paris Climate Action Plan will only be achieved if everyone is fully commited. This is why we have taken the initiative, with Shell and the OECD, to gather a large collective to imagine these three scenarios towards the decarbonation of the capital and its metropole.”, said Julien Villalongue, director of Leonard.

Cities have important resources for implementing the energy transition and the City of Paris has set ambitious targets to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. These 3 scenarios provide an opportunity to start a conversation about the future of the Paris metropolis and the collaborations needed to achieve carbon neutrality. “, added Vincent Baril, President of Shell France.

This sketch explores three scenarios:  

  • Green Tech Evolution: the desire to seize the technological and business creation opportunities linked to the ecological transition opens up greener economic prospects for France. Coordinated public policies can accelerate the energy transition, creating the conditions for carbon neutrality by 2050.
  • The Blame Game: Social and economic crisis are taking precedence over climate transition in the national agenda. Social pressure becomes the main agent of transformation, as populations most affected by climate change rally to demand more efficient initiatives in the fields of climate change  and gender equality.
  • Paving the Way: close collaboration between elected representatives and local communities improves the consideration of citizens‘ concerns about well-being and climate change, and becomes the main driving force behind the transition towards a carbon-free Paris.  

For most of the experts gathered by Leonard, Shell and the OECD, socio-economic inequalities and the complexity of political governance from the national to the local level are the main sources of uncertainty on the road to carbon neutrality 

What do we do?

The VINCI Group created Leonard to tackle the challenges posed by the transformation of regions and lifestyles. Our goal is to unite a community of key stakeholders in order to build the city of the future together.