Jean-Paul Bouttes is Chief Economist and Senior Executive Vice President of Strategy and Prospective at EDF.
Between 2002 and 2005, he served as Vice President of Industrial Strategy for Generation and Trading after occupying various positions within the Strategy Committee of EDF, of which he was Deputy Director from 1997 to 2002.
From 1992 to 2004, Jean-Paul Bouttes was additionally Professor of Economics at the Ecole Polytechnique where he has served as a member of the Steering Committee for the Sustainable Development Chair. He is currently a Visiting Professor at the North China Electric Power University in Beijing. Jean-Paul Bouttes graduated from the Ecole Polytechnique in Paris in 1980 and the Paris Graduate School of Economics, Statistics and Finance in 1982.
François Dassa has been Head of Prospective and International Relations within the Strategy and Prospective Division at EDF since February 2007.
From 2000 to 2007, he headed EDF’s commercial operations in Italy where he acted as the Director for Major Accounts and Strategy.
Prior to that, he worked for the EDF Strategy Division, where he was in charge of long-term investment models and regulatory issues.
He graduated from Mines ParisTech in 1990 and taught industrial economics at the Paris-Dauphine University (Paris IX)
Renaud Crassous is a senior economist in the Strategy and Prospective Division at EDF where he monitors public policy and climate negotiations.
He graduated from the Ecole Polytechnique and is a member of the French engineering corps IPEF (Ingénieurs des Ponts, des Eaux et des Forêts). He holds a PhD in economics with an emphasis on modeling and evaluating climate policy, based on the work he conducted while at the international research center on the environment and development (Centre international de recherche sur l’environnement et le développement – CIRED). He is a member of the French governmental advisory committee on the economics of sustainable development (Conseil économique du développement durable – CEDD).
By Jean-Paul Bouttes, François Dassa & Renaud Crassous on ParisTech Review
The global electricity sector is facing three major challenges: the security of supply to keep up with ever-mounting demand, the fight against climate change, and the global trend toward massive urbanization. Electricity will play a key role through low-emitting energy-generation technologies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. These technologies already exist. Success will depend on how public policies are used to encourage innovation.
Le secteur énergétique mondial va devoir relever trois défis majeurs: sécurité d'approvisionnement face à des besoins croissants, lutte contre le changement climatique, urbanisation massive. L'électricité jouera un rôle clé car elle peut s'appuyer sur des méthodes de production émettant peu de gaz à effet de serre. Les technologies existent. La réussite dépendra de la capacité des politiques publiques à encourager l'innovation.