The Institute for Climate Economics (I4CE) is a non-profit research organization that provides independent policy analysis on climate change mitigation and adaptation.
We promote climate policies that are effective, efficient and socially-fair. Our 40 experts engage with national and local governments, the European Union, international financial institutions, civil society organizations and the media. Our work covers three key transitions – energy, agriculture, forest – and adresses six economic challenges: investment, public financing, development finance, financial regulation, carbon pricing and carbon certification.
I4CE is a registered non-profit organisation, founded by the French National Bank Caisse des Dépôts and the French Development Agency.
Code of ethics
Our code of ethics serves as a guide to professional conduct for all I4CE employees. Each employee undertakes to respect, promote and ensure compliance with the principles set out below.
Apply a scientific method
1 – I4CE experts draw their conclusions from the application of scientific methods, recognized by peers and adapted to the fields they study;
2 – I4CE experts identify and protect themselves against biases arising from the occurrence of private interests and their personal political or religious beliefs
3 – When their work deals with topics related to political choices or orientations, d’I4CE experts adopt a non-partisan approach and express their conclusions with neutrality while maintaining a critical distance;
Make our work and results public
4 – Within the framework of work carried out in partnership, I4CE is free to draw up a work programme and to conduct the work. The results of research conducted at I4CE are made public and disseminated once finalized;
5 – The methods, sources and assumptions used to develop the results are transparent. Limitations and uncertainties related to assumptions or data quality are highlighted in the work;
6 – The clients of I4CE’s works may neither question the public nature of these works nor exercise a right of censorship over their content.
Preventing conflicts of interest
7 – Upon arrival, each employee signs a Declaration of Interest Charter, in which he or she undertakes to complete a Declaration of Interest each year. The employee undertakes to report any situation in which professional judgment may be unduly influenced by personal interest of any kind.
Development plan 2022-2026
I4CE has found its place and added value as a producer of expertise on the climate. Its data and analyses are increasingly contributing to the development of public policies and the quality of public debate. To help it continue to grow, twelve actors and observers of public life, under the chairmanship of Alain Quinet, have been kind enough to take a benevolent and demanding look at the Institute. They spent several months at our side, and their recommendations were invaluable. They have enabled us to step back from the day-to-day imperatives and to look ahead to the next few years with a new strategic development plan.
The composition of the committee
- Mr Alain Quinet (SNCF), president
- Mr Jean Boissinot (Banque de France)
- Mme Anne Bringault (Réseau Action Climat)
- Mr Dominique Bureau (CEDD)
- Mme Sophie Fay (l’Obs)
- Mr Pierre Jacquet
- Mr Thierry Pech (Terra Nova)
- Mme Diane Simiu (CGDD)
- Mr Simone Tagliapietra (Bruegel)
- Mr Shahin Vallée (DGAP)