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Press release
Energy and climate change: An in-house conference proves a hit with the general public
The webcast of the conference on "Energy and climate: The end of a golden age?" presented by Jean-Marc Jancovici can be accessed free of charge and in its entirety on the SPIE Group website. It has already been watched by nearly 30,000 Internet users.

30,000 online visitors, with a viewing figure topping 10,000 hours in a few months. After SPIE employees, Internet users now have their chance to watch the conference given in the company by Jean-Marc Jancovici, a recognised expert on energy and global warming. Initially organised as an in-house event for 200 of the Group's executives, and subsequently made available to all employees in the form of a webcast on SPIE's intranet, this conference has been accessible to the general public on the Group's website for a few months and, in that time, it has proved a big success.
SPIE's aim is to reach a wider public, with the kind permission of Jean-Marc Jancovici, in order to promote greater awareness and understanding of the real challenges we face in terms of energy and global warming. The full webcast of this conference is available free of charge on (in the sustainable development section). It is divided into a number of segments, each lasting 1 to 4 minutes, which can be conveniently accessed from a scrolling menu so that viewers can browse at their own speed. The talk is illustrated with slides synchronised with the conference video. These slides are shown in real time on the same web page.
"On the Internet, the video is attracting a lot of visitors who feel a real need to learn more about these complex topics which are often mentioned in the mass media, sometimes in a contradictory manner and without always being backed by the necessary expertise. What we are trying to do is to provide a factual and instructive talk in an attractive package so that everyone can form their own opinion on the subject of global warming," explains SPIE's Communications Director Pascal Omnès. "This conference webcast, which has been nominated for the 2008 European Excellence Award , enables individual viewers to get a grasp of the challenges involved in climate change, which is a prerequisite for mobilising strong public opinion. The very many messages of congratulation coming in every day for Mr Jancovici, from Internet users from every type of background who have viewed the webcast, testify to the quality of his presentation and confirm the huge and, as yet, unsatisfied public demand in this field. A CD of the webcast has even been made in response to the many requests for its distribution off-line."

An opportunity for growth and innovation for SPIE
As a stakeholder in the fields of energy, electrical and climate engineering, communication networks and energy efficiency, the Group is helping to ensure that the three objectives set by the European Union are achieved by 2020: reducing energy consumption by 20%, cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 20%, and increasing the share of renewables in total energy consumption to 20%.
 "Due to the very nature of its business which helps enhance the world around us and protect the environment, SPIE is in the front line when it comes to providing real solutions for energy efficiency or reducing carbon dioxide emissions, as well as promoting the development of renewable energies. Because SPIE is a company with a close knit local network that is highly involved with its local environments, it seemed perfectly natural to allow the general public to benefit from this webcast which was initially planned for our staff only," points out Gauthier Louette, SPIE's Chief Executive Officer.

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Jean-Marc Jancovici
As an expert in global warming and energy, Jean-Marc Jancovici took part in the first working group of France's Grenelle environment forum: "Fighting climate changes and managing energy" ("Lutter contre les changements climatiques et maîtriser l'énergie"). Along with ADEME (the French environment and energy management agency), he helped develop "Bilan Carbone", France's carbon footprint assessment system. He also runs the "environment" working group of former Polytechnique engineering students.

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