Benoît Billard

Specialist areas

  • Project financing
  • Climate change finance
  • Renewable energy
  • Electricity storage

Qualifications

  • MSc Climate Change, Management & Finance – Imperial College Business School, Grantham Institute
  • MEng Energy Production & Management – Ecole Centrale de Nantes

Benoît Billard

In a nutshell, tell us about yourself.

I recently graduated from Imperial College Business School and Ecole Centrale de Nantes. My aim was to understand the challenges and opportunities faced by the energy and financial sectors due to climate change.

During a gap year, I gained experience in the energy sector by conducting R&D on an innovative electricity storage system and by building financial models for wind and solar projects in France.

I am constantly trying to reduce my personal environmental impact, but I also embrace the need for larger scale actions. For example, I am raising awareness about climate change by organising Climate Collage workshops (La Fresque du Climat).

What are your loves?

Good music. Playing the trombone with my brassband. Playing football on a sunny day. Hiking and camping with some friends. Taking the time to cook after a long day.

What are your hates?

Greenwashing: escape your responsibilities and mislead public opinion. Inequalities.

What drives you to do this kind of work?

The introductory pitch of my programme director still resonates in me: “If we are, as a global society, to meet the Paris Agreement target, we somehow have to get Net Zero by 2050. We are now in 2021, so it is a topic that would matters during your entire career and the next decade is the most important of all; there is no time to lose!”

Which book has changed your life?

The age of low Tech (L’âge des low tech) – Philippe Bihouix. Expanding your imagination to the possibility of choosing smaller and simpler over ‘bigger and better’.