The evident lack of reliable independent information in France concerning energy systems and policy, in particular in the nuclear field, prompted us to establish WISE-Paris, the World Information Service on Energy, in 1983.

Our unique archives, which have been carefully built up since 1983 - but covering most of the post-second World War period - include several thousand national and international studies, technical, scientific and annual reports, tens of thousands of conference papers, newspaper and magazine articles from the general and technical press, and access to over a thousand electronic databases.

Today, we can provide a complete picture of the current state of information, policy and practice, status and trends on energy and environmental issues, in France and in many others countries in the world.

WISE-Paris is directed by Yves Marignac.


WISE-Paris targets first and foremost people or organisations that carry out research and studies, provide information or make decisions on energy and environment: journalists, MPs, government agencies and non-governmental organisations, consumer associations, consultancies, research groups, scientists, administrations, professional bodies, etc.

WISE-Paris has supplied services to television and radio stations and newspapers in many countries. It makes occasional contributions to Radio France International and the German public TV station WDR. Journalists from countless publications have sought articles and information at, as well as advice from, WISE-Paris. In France, these media include TF1, France2, ARTE, LCI, Canal+, La Cinquième, M6, Le Monde, Le Monde Diplomatique, Libération, Le Figaro, L'Express, L'Évènement du Jeudi, Que Choisir... In Britain, the BBC, Channel 4, The Observer, The Guardian, New Scientist; and in Germany ARD, ZDF, Spiegel-TV, Der Spiegel, Die Zeit, Der Stern, Frankfurter Rundschau, Die Tageszeitung...

WISE-Paris has provided expertise, advisory and information services to a wide range of clients such as UNESCO, the European Parliament, the French and German Environment Ministries, the French National Scientific Research Council (CNRS), International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW), Forum Plutonium and Greenpeace. In addition, Mycle Schneider, its founder and first director, has been invited to give evidence to the Parliamentary Office for Evaluation of Scientific and Technological Options (OPECST) and several Prefectures in France, the House of Lords in the United Kingdom, a parliamentary committee in Sweden, the Chamber of Deputies in Belgium. Briefings have been given in the US Congress, the Australian and the Japanese Parliaments. Lectures have been given at Ecole des Mines (Nantes), Ecole Supérieure de Commerce (Rouen), Ecole Polytechnique (Paris), Freie Universität (Berlin), Brandenburgische Technische Universität (Cottbus). Expertise and oral evidence has been provided in various nuclear licensing and/or public participation procedures in Germany, the UK, Japan and France.


Our daily and continuous gathering, analysis, assessment and classification of information, not only from traditional and new media and printed materials (such as press agencies, trade journals, scientific and technical reports, and recently published books both in France and around the world), but also from an extensive network of international contacts and electronic databases, allow us to provide a highly reliable and up-to-date information service tailored to suit individual needs.

We are fast, responding to the specific needs of the media.
We are accurate and co-operative, where consulting and expertise requires experience and collective organisation.
WISE-Paris staff members have a wide range of skills in technical, political, economic and social sciences and master at least five languages. Our main approach is based on:

- System analysis: never study a technical problem without looking at the system as a whole;
- Internationalisation: never concentrate on a local/national problem without analysing its international implications or the lessons to be learnt from elsewhere.

WISE-Paris provides:

 Information services suited to your requirements, expertise, advice and specific documents (background and briefing memos, studies, articles, etc.), on request, concerning a large number of energy and environment issues.

 A system of special subscriptions through which we provide information, on a regular basis, compiled by professionals, and consisting of technical, political and economic documents, press reviews, summaries of new books, conference proceedings, parliamentary reports and all types of documents relevant to your interest.

 Targeted information research on specific topics via electronic and other databases.


 Nuclear energy (technology, safety, economics, environmental and health effects, proliferation, nuclear testing, etc.)

 Energy planning (development scenarios, nuclear phase out scenarios projections, research and development, etc.)

 Renewable energy (solar energy, wind energy, biomass, hydropower, geothermal energy, etc.)

 Cogeneration (the combined production of heat and power)

 Energy and development (fuelwood crisis, the role of technology, harnessing of raw materials, etc.)

 Greenhouse effect and climate change (CO2, methane, ozone, etc.)

 Acid rain (origins, effects, countermeasures, action, etc.)

 Electricity exports, exchanges on the European power grid and problems resulting from high-tension lines.


 Transport (rail, road, electric vehicles, combined transport, transport and environment, planning, urban development, biofuels)

 Information research and management techniques.

This list is not exhaustive. Please contact us to find out more. Our information resources usually allow us to respond to your particular needs.


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