28 FEB 2019

The Finance-Climate Pact was made public Tuesday, February 19 at Sorbonne University, during an event introduced by the President of the University, Jean Chambaz, on the stage of the packed auditorium of the Pierre and Marie Curie campus.

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Audrey Pulvar, Jean Jouzel, Hervé Le Treut and Robert Vautard © Sorbonne University - Pierre Kitmacher

In front of a large group of dignitaries, including former Foreign Ministers Laurent Fabius and Alain Juppé, the president said he was "stimulated by his students and the commitment of his professors and researchers in topics related to climate and sustainable development" and stressed once again, that Sorbonne University wanted to support a flagship mobilizing for the climate.

Four years ago, before the COP21, Sorbonne University and UNESCO hosted the conference of scientists based on the work of the IPCC.

The launch of the Finance and Climate Compact was an opportunity for Sorbonne University to affirm its commitment to reducing its environmental and energy impact by involving its whole community, and especially its students.

At the event organized by climate scientist Jean Jouzel and economist Pierre Larrouturou, and led by Audrey Pulvar, dozens of dignitaries took the floor to defend a treaty proposed to the European Commission. This environmental project proposes to put finance at the service of the Earth and provides for the creation of a European bank for climate and biodiversity, as well as the constitution of a specific fund to promote the transition to an economy based on high-energy efficiency and low carbon.

Climatologist Jean Jouzel, Nobel Peace Prize as former Vice President of the IPCC Scientific Group and Director of the Pierre-Simon-Laplace Institute (IPSL)[1] from 2001 to 2008, recalled the importance of acting today. Climatologists Hervé Le Treut and Robert Vautard, current and future directors of the Pierre-Simon-Laplace Institute, also spoke on the auditorium's stage, emphasizing the crucial role of education and research.

As a research-intensive university, Sorbonne University implements specialized and transdisciplinary research programs to answer the major issues of environmental transition. For this reason, the Sorbonne University Institute for Environmental Transition (SU-ITE) brings together 54 multi-disciplinary laboratories and works on three interdependent scientific issues responding to the demands of society: to manage the consequences of climate change, to create the conditions for a responsible use of resources and energies; and finally, to monitor biodiversity and take our inspiration from nature. The institute is involved in forty academic programs in bachelor’s degrees, engineering degrees and masters.

Sorbonne University manages the Climate Graduate School for the Ile de France Region's Research University School (EUR), whose objective is to provide education through research that attracts students on the national and international level, on issues related to the climate system, climate change and their societal impacts.

[1] The IPSL is a research federation of which Sorbonne University is one of the trustees.