#COP21 and #LeBourget town hall

Today I went to a side event on energy efficiency at the UN climate conference in Paris. I learned that the French energy and environment organisation #atee [will # work in a blog?] is launching an econometric study on the impact of energy efficiency policy – excellent news, this has long been needed.



I liked the Champs Elysées last night – it would be great if Brussels’ pedestrianised city centre could evolve towards this.


I very much liked the town hall of Le Bourget (the suburb where the conference is taking place).


I liked the climateyness everywhere – Paris/France have done a great job in this respect. (The same is true of showing you how to get to the conference. Within the convention centre, though, I got lost.)

Ségolène Royal could not be at our event because she is negotiating, which is after all the point of the thing! Now I’m on the train back to Brussels, glad to have touched the COP at its periphery and full of hope for a (good) agreement at its heart.





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Paul Hodson

Head of Unit "EnergyEfficiency" at European Commission, Directorate-General for Energy

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