France Policy Recommendations

Spotlight Activity: France Policy Recommendations

In its National Low-Carbon Strategy, Stratégie Nationale Bas Carbone, France had set a clear trajectory on reducing CO2 emissions. That strategy is consistent with the European framework, but neither of these strategies can reach the +1.5°C objective of the Paris Agreement. Climate Scorecard urges the European Union and France to step up their game and adopt policies with near-term and long-term measures consistent with the +1.5°C objective. 

Policy Recommendations

  1. Implement a CO2 Price & Dividend System

In this proposal, a Climate Income is redistributed to all EU citizens, so the increased price of CO2-intensive products and services is offset by an extra income giving individuals enough buying power to choose & purchase low-CO2 solutions;

  1. Regulate CO2 Emissions from Electric Power

The energy transition to low-CO2 power entails access to a low-CO2 power grid. Otherwise, users will have no other choice than to stick to CO2-intensive power and fossil fuels, turning the CO2 price into an unescapable trap! Therefore, it is of paramount importance to ensure a rapidly diminishing CO2-intensity of the power grid. This can be accomplished only by tight CO2-emission requirements on domestic production & imports of electric power.

  1. Support the availability of Low CO2 Vehicles

Availability of low-CO2 vehicles is a prerequisite to raising the price of CO2. Otherwise, that will be yet another trap for low-income household who cannot afford to buy expensive low-CO2 niche vehicles. This can be achieved only by disincentivizing the use of high-CO2 emission vehicle.

Policies & thresholds : 1 ton = 1 metric ton = 1000 kg = 1 million grams; 1 kg = 1000 g = 1000 grams
Year Price of CO2 (domestic & imports) in €/kg Mandatory shutdown of all power plants with CO2 emisssions beyond threshold in gCO2/kWh Forbidden urban/highway usage of all passenger cars with CO2 emisssions beyond threshold in gCO2/km Forbidden imports & sales of passenger cars with CO2 emisssions beyond threshold in gCO2/km Forbidden urban/highway usage of freight trucks with CO2 emisssions beyond threshold in gCO2/km/ton of freight Forbidden imports & sales of freight trucks with CO2 emisssions beyond threshold in gCO2/km/ton of freight
2020 100 900 400 300 400 300
2025 200 600 300 200 300 200
2030 400 400 200 100 200 100
2040 1000 200 100 50 100 50
2050 2000 100 50 20 50 20
             
       
       
       
  Fast-Forwarding Worldwide Deep Decarbonation  

Activity Ranking – *** Moving Forward

France has decided to reach carbon neutrality by 2050 and is leading a coalition of eight countries asking the European Union to do likewise. Setting short-term and long-term goals for the price of CO2 and CO2 emissions of the power grid and road vehicles is an efficient way, and maybe the only one, to do so.

Take Action

Write to French Republic President, Mr. Emmanuel Macron and Environment Ministers, Mr. François de Rugy, Mrs.. Brune Poirson and Mrs. Emmanuelle Wargon:

Mister President, Mr. & Mrs Environment Ministers, 

Dear Sirs, Dear Ladies,

France has decided to reach Carbon Neutrality by 2050 and is leading a coalition of eight countries asking the European Union to do likewise. Setting short-term and long-term goals for the price of CO2 and CO2 emissions of the power grid and road vehicles is an efficient way, and maybe the only one, to do so. If we really want to succeed, we need to get France and the EU on track with these 3 measures.

We are looking forward to your answer and working on climate action together.

With our respectful and best regards,

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Send Action Alert Message to:

President Emmanuel Macron

http://www.elysee.fr/ecrire-au-president-de-la-republique/

The Environmental Transition Ministry

francois.de-rugy@ecologique-solidaire.gouv.fr 

brune.poirson@ecologique-solidaire.gouv.fr 

emmanuelle.wargon@ecologique-solidaire.gouv.fr 

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