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The Modeling for Sustainable Development Chair (MPDD) was created in 2008 and renewed in November 2014. It centers around the Mines ParisTech Centre for Applied Mathematics (CMA) and the International Center for Research on the Environment and Sustainable Development, a laboratory shared by Ecole des Ponts ParisTech / AgroParistech / CNRS / EHESS / CIRAD.
 
Electricité de France, GRT Gaz, SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC and ADEME will provide five years of financial backing for this project. The Chair aims to firmly establish an internationally recognized prospective modeling center in France devising innovative tools to improve understanding of sustainable development issues within companies and different areas of public deliberation.
 
In adopting a prospective approach, the Chair establishes its vocation to facilitate decision-making based on possible future scenarios affecting energy and climate policies, industrial development and technological choices.
 
The Chair will also boost the international profile of its co-founding teams and their partners by inviting foreign lecturers, organizing international symposia, and increasing its presence in international expert bodies. Targeted educational activities will also be put in place with the Chair’s partners in order to build up a top network of expertise.