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An Incentive Scheme to Promote the Self-Consumption of Renewable Energy in France
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An Incentive Scheme to Promote the Self-Consumption of Renewable Energy in France

By Climate Scorecard France Country Manager Stephanie TapolskyAs seen in Figure 1, renewables make up only a minor portion of France’s total energy supply. Evaluating solar and wind generation specifically, there has been notable growth since 2010 after essentially no capacity beforehand. With respect to total renewable energy capacity in 2015, the majority (62.08%) of...

Climate Policy Recommendation for France: Ban the Sale of Gas and Diesel Cars by 2030
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Climate Policy Recommendation for France: Ban the Sale of Gas and Diesel Cars by 2030

Policy Recommendation # 1: Ban the Sale of Gas and Diesel Cars by 2030 France will ban the sale of gas and diesel vehicles beginning in 2040; we strongly urge the country to shorten this timeline to 2030. Transport is the largest contributing sector to France’s greenhouse gas emissions as seen in Figure 1. Currently,...

French Electricity Dependence on Nuclear to Decrease with Passing of Energy and Climate Law
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French Electricity Dependence on Nuclear to Decrease with Passing of Energy and Climate Law

As seen below in Figure 1, France derives the majority of their electricity from their large nuclear fleet with an overwhelming 70% of 2019 electricity coming from nuclear. Hydro is the second largest source at 10.9% followed by natural gas (6.7%), wind (6.1%), solar (2.0%), coal (1.1%), oil (1.1%), biofuels (1.1%), waste (0.9%), and tide...

France Greenhouse Gas Emissions Decreased by 16.9% From 1990 Levels
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France Greenhouse Gas Emissions Decreased by 16.9% From 1990 Levels

Recently Reported Total Greenhouse Gases Emissions Level in 2018: 462.8 MTs, a Decrease of 16.9% from 556.9 MTs in 1990 (Source: European Energy Agency) Recent emission estimates quantify France’s total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from 2018 at 462.8 MTs. As depicted below in Figure 1, Carbon Dioxide (CO2) comprises the majority of these emissions at...

France Economic Recovery Helps Promote Green Energy; Citizens Climate Convention Releases Recommendations
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France Economic Recovery Helps Promote Green Energy; Citizens Climate Convention Releases Recommendations

Green energy policy was accelerated in France last September as the French economy faced its deepest recession since World War II with a projected GDP drop of 11% in 2020. In the face of severe economic distress, a 100 billion euro stimulus package was passed to simulate the economy and drive job growth—a third of...

Spotlight on: French National Centre for Scientific Research and the French National Research Institute for Agriculture
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Spotlight on: French National Centre for Scientific Research and the French National Research Institute for Agriculture

Climate change research in France is highly advanced on international standards. Most notably, the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) is one of the world’s largest contributors to leading publications in Earth and environmental sciences. The most important CNRS sections from the perspective of climate change research are the National Institute for Earth Sciences...

Green Jobs in France Seem to be Rapidly Increasing
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Green Jobs in France Seem to be Rapidly Increasing

Green jobs in France fall under the umbrella label of green economy, l’économie verte. This concept comprises, on the one hand, green jobs (emplois verts) including both directly environmentally beneficial jobs (éco-activités) and jobs that contribute to a beneficial environmental impact (activités périphériques); and on the other hand, ‘greening jobs’ (emplois verdissants), referring to traditional...

Overseas Populations and Poor People Most Threatened by Climate Change in France
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Overseas Populations and Poor People Most Threatened by Climate Change in France

Thanks to its geographical location and high level of economic development, France is by some measure less impacted by climate change than many other parts of the world. France has, however, a range of regions and populations at risk of suffering disproportionately from the changing climate. Many parts of French territories are poised to experience...

French Government Demands Automotive Companies Focus on Decarbonization in Exchange for Bailout
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French Government Demands Automotive Companies Focus on Decarbonization in Exchange for Bailout

The automobile manufacturing industry is among the economic sectors that have been heavily affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in France. The PSA Group (owner of the brands Peugeot and Citroën) and the Renault Group are the second and third largest automobile producers in Europe. In 2019, the two groups together sold over 7 million cars...

One in Four Species in France is Endangered, Despite Biodiversity Protection Efforts
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One in Four Species in France is Endangered, Despite Biodiversity Protection Efforts

Protection of biodiversity in France dates back to 1960, when national parks were created, giving the first legal framework for protecting lands that were deemed of cultural and natural importance. Since then, France has acted for the preservation of biodiversity through developing national action plans (with the first ones for the conservation and restoration of...

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