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Seeks to Convert its Total Passenger Car Fleet to EVs by 2040
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Seeks to Convert its Total Passenger Car Fleet to EVs by 2040

France was a pioneer in the automotive industry and is currently the third-largest automobile manufacturer in Europe after Germany and Spain. However, the country imports more cars than it exports. In 2020, France imported $35.5 billion worth of cars and exported $18.9 billion. The French passenger car fleet has grown recently, increasing from around 35 million passenger cars in 2011...

France Faces Considerable Loss and Damage within Its Own Borders and in Its Overseas Territories
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France Faces Considerable Loss and Damage within Its Own Borders and in Its Overseas Territories

The Global Stocktake of the Paris Agreement (GST) is defined by the UNFCCC as “a process for taking stock of the implementation of the Agreement with the aim to assess the world’s collective progress towards achieving the purpose of the agreement and its long-term goals.” The GST is an essential part of the Paris Agreement,...

The Absence of Climate Change as a Politically Important Issue in France
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The Absence of Climate Change as a Politically Important Issue in France

The most important climate event in France in the first half of 2022 was, in fact, the absence of an event. The French presidential election dominated the first half of 2022, however, climate change was largely absent from the candidates’ debates and speeches. Neither candidate addressed climate action marches taking place in the country, nor...

France: Climate Progress Indicators
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France: Climate Progress Indicators

Data show rise in emissions between 2020 and 2021 Using EU Quarterly Emissions Data (No Data available as for 2022 as of yet); change thought to be due to rise in economic activity after pandemic.By using quarterly greenhouse gas emissions in France in Q3 of 2021 as a baseline, we can analyze changes in emissions...

Youth and Climate Activism in France
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Youth and Climate Activism in France

The world’s youth are anxious about climate change. A recent study conducted by the University of Bath asked 10,000 young people aged 16-25 in 10 countries how they felt about climate change and government responses to it. This study is the largest of its kind and found that 60% of youth were felt ‘very worried’...

France Climate Concerns Have Been Usurped by Energy Security Concerns
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France Climate Concerns Have Been Usurped by Energy Security Concerns

As the invasion of Ukraine enters its second month, climate concerns have been temporarily usurped by energy security concerns. Russia is the world’s third largest oil producer and second largest gas producer. The European Union is Russia’s largest market, receiving seventy percent of the countries gas exports and half of its oil exports. As Europe’s...

France: Climate Progress Report
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France: Climate Progress Report

Even as UNFCCC and the Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) agree upon the goal of reducing greenhouse emissions by 50%, disagreement remains on how best to measure this progress and with which indicators. Universal measures for emissions and emission proxy indicators are relatively sparse and most of them are reported on an annual basis...

France: The 2021 Climate Year in Review
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France: The 2021 Climate Year in Review

HIGHLIGHTS Case of Century, a lawsuit that resulted in the government being condemned for its inaction in relation to climate change Citizens Climate Convention Adoption of New Climate Law Commitment to Reduce Methane Emissions by 30% by 2030   NARRATIVE Last year, the French government went through three phases on the environmental front. The first...

Climate Scorecard Progress Report for France
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Climate Scorecard Progress Report for France

This report is in the form of memos from Climate Scorecard Country Managers to Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework to Combat Climate Change (UNFCCC). Below is a description of the progress the country has made made in mitigating greenhouse gas emissions since the Paris Agreement was signed in 2015 and the...

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