Damien DEMAILLYDeputy Director – Strategy and outreach
Damien has joined I4CE in 2018 to support researchers in placing their expertise at the service of decision makers, and to improve I4CE’s impact and contribution to the public debate and the transition towards a low carbon and resilient economy.
Prior to joining I4CE, Damien has worked for 6 years in the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI), as coordinator of IDDRI’s Initiatives and as a researcher. His research work focused on the Sustainable Development Goals, new wealth indicators as well as the digital transition and its opportunities for sustainable development. Previously, he had also worked in the European Parliament and for WWF-France.
Damien is an engineering graduate of Ecole Polytechnique and ENGREF, and holds a master degree and a PhD in environmental economics. During his PhD at the International Center for Environment and Development, he studied the EU carbon market and its impacts on the competitiveness of the industry.
Climate: five key debates from the French marathon budgetClimate change and ecological planning are taking centre stage in this autumn’s budgetary measures. The public finance programming act, which has yet to be discussed with the Senate, now requires the government to set out a multi-year funding strategy for planning. The finance bill for 2024, which will go through Parliament soon, earmarks an additional €7 billion in transition support for households, businesses and local authorities. This €7 billion does not, however, resolve the issue of financing the climate transition, and in this post we provide an overview of the key climate debates that will take place, or ought to take place according to I4CE, during this veritable marathon budget.
Can France finance the transition only with budget savings?How does the government plan to finance the increase in its public spending on climate action? Further to the government’s reactions to the Pisani-Ferry report, which proposes using all options, including debt and tax increases, let us make an assumption: what if the government were to rely solely on budget saving options? I4CE's Damien Demailly reviews the savings options available to the government. Clearly, they are all difficult to implement and some may prove counterproductive. They are nevertheless on the government’s agenda and are worth explaining and discussing, as are all options to finance the transition.
One Planet Summit: three notes of caution on Green BudgetingA little less than a year ago, France organized the One Planet Summit and, among many commitments, joined the OECD’s Green Budgeting initiative, along with Mexico. A first assessment of these commitments was held on 26th September in New York, and the next steps on this particular initiative unveiled. This includes case studies to assess the potential scope and limitations of green budgeting in all OECD countries, including France.