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.
directed by Yves Marignac.
WHO ARE OUR CLIENTS?
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...
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.
WHAT ARE THE SPECIAL FEATURES OF WISE-Paris?
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.
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
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,
Electricity exports, exchanges
on the European power grid and problems resulting from high-tension
Transport (rail, road, electric
vehicles, combined transport, transport and environment, planning, urban
Information research and management
This list is not exhaustive. Please contact us to find out more. Our
information resources usually allow us to respond to your particular
IT IS POSSIBLE TO SIGN UP FOR SPECIAL SUBSCRIPTIONS