Dr. Jean-Yves Caneill holds an engineering degree from ENSTA and completed his PhD at University Paris VI in 1979, after which he joined Electricité de France (EDF), where he was responsible of climate change issues. In EDF, Jean-Yves launched the first project devoted to the climate issue in 1990. In 1995, he started to get involved in the international process on tackling climate change and became strongly involved in the EU developments related to the design of the Emission Trading Directive, focussing on the economic consequences of the carbon constraint for the management of power generation units.
Later, he moved to the corporate level of EDF Group, where he became Head of Climate Policy. He has been strongly involved in the European and international debate on climate issues, attending the climate negotiation conferences under the Eurelectric banner. In 2007/2008 he prepared a climate change mitigation strategy, which was adopted in 2008. Later on, he coordinated the action of the Group on climate change adaptation and resilience issues and prepared the relevant strategy which was adopted in 2011.
From 2007 to 2017 he has been piloting a committee created to follow and decide relevant R&D issues linked with climate change adaptation and resilience issues (extreme events, water modelling issues, climate change projections, etc..). He continued to work on this issue when EU Commission developed its own climate change adaptation strategy together with Member States. In particular, he was nominated to represent the private sector (Business Europe) in the stakeholder consultation working group set up by the EU EC to prepare this strategy, which was adopted by the EU in 2013.
He has also been strongly involved in dialogues with EGTT, TNA, TEC and CTCN process (UNFCCC) through WBCSD and ICC. He was a member of the CTCN Advisory Board for two mandates, where he represented the private sector. Additionally, he is also involved in various collaborations with MIT, CEPS, and IDDRI. Dr. J.Y. Caneill joined ERCST in 2018 as Senior Fellow, where he works on EU and international issues related to climate change policy. He is also IETA Fellow.