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Yves Pietrasanta


Languedoc-Roussillon region

Yves Pietrasanta is a graduate engineer of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Montpellier (1962) and has a PhD in Physics (1966).

M. Pietrasanta has an extensive academic experience, Professor at the University of Science and Technology of Languedoc-Roussillon (1969 – 1999) at the Ecole Nationale Superieure de Chimie de Montpellier, he also served as Director at the Laboratory of Applied Chemistry up until 1999, and chairman of the Pedagogical CNAM.

Alongside his academic career, M. Pietrasanta has a rich career in politics. He entered into politics in the early seventies and has held a number of functions in French municipalities and regions. He also was elected Member of the European Parliament, 1999 – 2004 and delegate to relations with the European Community from 2004 to 2015. He also was elected to many functions that relate to environmental and renewable energy.

In addition, he was a founding member of Géneration Ecologie in 1989, of which he is the President since 2011, Founder and Spokesperson of the Green Party up until June 1997, he was elected President of the Fedel (Federation of Local Elected to a socially responsive environmental alternative).

He is the Founding President of the French Institute for the Environment (IFEN) (1992 – 1995) and currently Honorary Chairman, he was Chairman of the ANRED (National Agency for the Recovery and Disposal of Waste) (1989 – 1991). He is co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Eco-Mayors (National Association of Mayors for Environment). Co-founder of the National Recycling Club, member of the Higher Committee for the Environment from 1981 to 1991 and President of AIR-Languedoc-Roussillon (Association accredited for the implementation of Air Quality Monitoring in Languedoc -Roussillon – Member of the National Federation ATMO) since May 1992.

In addition he has been involved in various missions in the field of environment throughout his career. To cite just one example, he was Project Manager for the Ministry of Physical Planning and Environment for the evaluation and reorganization of the Central Laboratory for Monitoring Air Quality in relation to the entire nation.

Furthermore, Mr. Pietrasanta is the author of more than 200 scientific papers on chemistry and polymer materials, published in international scientific journals. In addition to these scientific publications, he is the author of several books: ” Les acrylates et polyacrylates fluorés ” (with Bernard Boutevin, published by EREC, 1988), “100 mots pour comprendre les déchets ” (published ENEE COM & CO, 1992), ” L’Echarpe Verte ” (editions Albin Michel, 1993), ” Le Livre Blanc sur le Recyclage des Matières Plastiques” (published by EREC, 1994), ” Le lagunage écologique ” (in collaboration with Daniel Bung, published by Oxford University, 1994), ” L’Ecologie, clé de la politique ” (editions L’Harmattan, 1998), ” Ce que la recherche fera de nous ” (the edition L’Harmattan, 2004), ” Le génie de la nature “(to publish bIOTOPE, Meze, 2011),” La conversion écologique de la société” (ECO EDITION editions, 2011).

Pierre Victoria

Sustainable Development Director


Pierre Victoria, 58, has a degree from Sciences Po Paris in Economics and Finance, and has a degree in Business Law from the University of Paris X. He is the Sustainable Development Directo rat Veolia. He is also delegate general of the French Circle of Water, an organisation whose mission is to promote a voluntary policy on water in France and Europe. He is also coordinator of the Re(sources) network – an ideas lab for access to water and energy.

He was elected for 12 years at the local and regional level. He was a Deputy at the National Assembly from 1991 to 1993, and substituted for Jean-Yves Le Drian, nominated to government.

He is co-author of MAEE “La gestion démocratique: un nouveau paradigme pour le développement” (Karthala-2008), coordinator of “L’accès à l’eau et à l’énergie: de la vision à l’action” (Editions Lavoisier: 2005) and co-author of the essay: “Entreprise contre la pauvreté” (Editions JJ-juin 2011). He has been awarded by the National Order of Merit.

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Developing 1 GW worth of solar projects across West & Central Africa

Rapid advances in solar technology and increasing demand ensure that it is both efficient in terms of electricity produced, and affordable. The proliferation of solar PV manufacturers and producers is good for competition and driving prices down for both investors and consumers.


Photo: Alex Lang

Whilst investors are increasingly interested in financing energy projects in Africa, fears over unsupportive and unpredictable regulatory frameworks etc, are slowing such investments down. R20 Regions of Climate Action and its partner, Akuo Energy, teamed up to counter this problem. The duo signed an agreement with the Malian government last year to carry out technical studies assessing the viability of installing a 50 MW solar PV plant in Kita. The project, having since been approved by the government, is expected to be launched by year end. Funding has already been secured from several international financial institutions. Once the plant has been installed, it will provide enough electricity for the city of Kita comprising over 21,000 inhabitants, and will increase the energy supply in the entire country by 10%.

Following such a successful initiative and having demonstrated that investment barriers can be broken, R20 Regions of Climate Action is launching another one, on a much larger scale, to power Central and West Africa with 1 GW of energy from renewable sources, mainly solar.



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