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OAFP 5725 - From Energy Union to the Green Deal

Type d'enseignement : Lecture alone

Semester : Spring 2019-2020

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English


Basic knowledge on the European Union

Course Description

Will the European Union survive climate change? To overcome this key challenge to its people, economy and political system, the European Union is attempting to perform its transition towards a clean energy future. This course highlights the stakes of this European energy transition, from a historical, political and economic perspective. It presents an overview of the content of the EU policies that impact the energy transition: climate, energy, transport, research and innovation, social, EU budget, investment and foreign affairs. It takes stock of its impact on businesses, workers, and citizens –including Europeans who experience energy poverty. The course is made of lectures, case studies, a Simulation Game and writing a policy paper.


PELLERIN-CARLIN, Thomas R. (Directeur du Centre Energie)

Pedagogical format

The course will be made of lectures from the Professor (50%), case studies (20%), a simulation game (10%). The remaining 20% will be made of intervention from guest speakers, including EU policy makers, start-upers, NGO activists and businesses.

Course validation

Multiple Choice Exam, to assess the students' knowledge (25%) Simulation Game Exercice, to assess the students' capacity to act as EU policy makers, during a Simulation Game (25%) Policy paper, a written homework on a topic chosen by each student –in accordance with the Professor (50%).


The student will need 1-2 hours to read and understand the content of the required readings from each session –typically, a 10-20 page document. No specific preparation is required for the Simulation Game. Preparation is required for the policy-paper (from 6 to 30 hours, depending on the student).

Required reading

  • IPCC, Global Warming of 1.5°C – Summary for Policymakers, IPCC, 2018 (p.6-26).
  • Thomas Pellerin-Carlin, Jean-Arnold Vinois, Emilie Magdalinski, ‘The European Green Deal starts with the Energy Transition', Paris, Jacques Delors Institute, 2019 (8p)
  • In French : Jean-Baptiste Fressoz, ‘Pour une histoire désorientée de l'énergie', Paris, EHESS, 2014 (11p)In English : Astrid Kander, Paolo Malanima, Paul Warde, ‘Power to the people : energy in Europe over the last five centuries' (500p, only the introduction is required reading)
  • Frank Geels et. al., ‘Reducing energy demand through low carbon innovation: A sociotechnical transitions perspective and thirteen research debates', Energy Research and Social Science, 2018 (10p)
  • European Commission, The European Green Deal, Brussels, 11 December 2019 (24p).

Additional required reading

  • Thomas Pellerin-Carlin, Jean-Arnold Vinois, Eulalia Rubio, Sofia Fernandes, ‘Making the energy transition a European success', Paris, Jacques Delors Institute, 2017 (150p)
  • Others will be provided based on students' interests and evolution of the EU Green Deal debate.