France revises carbon emissions target after missing 2016 goal
23 January 2018 | Mitigation
France’s ecology minister has said the country will revise its carbon emissions target by the end of this year to align it with its pledges in the United Nations sponsored Paris Agreement on climate change after failing to meet the goal to cut greenhouse gas emissions in 2016.
The announcement came just a month after President Emmanuel Macron warned that “we are losing the battle” against global warming.
France is leading efforts to keep the momentum going on the landmark 2015 climate agreement but its carbon dioxide emission’s rose 3.6 per cent over the targeted 447 million tonnes of CO2 emissions equivalent, the ministry said.
Ecology Minister Nicolas Hulot said in the statement that the revision of France’s low-carbon strategy to set new targets, will take into account the plan to further reduce emissions and make France carbon neutral by 2050.
Mr Hulot said he would present measures at the end of the month as part of the strategic revision, which will help accelerate France’s energy transition.
He added that policies in the transport, housing and forestry sectors, where emissions targets were largely missed in 2016, would need to be substantially reinforced if France were to meet its emissions target.
As part of efforts to meet its target the French government has announced a ten-point plan to simplify administrative procedures and accelerate the development of wind power projects in order to double its installed generation capacity by 2023.
The government said the proposed reforms would cut in half the average time it takes for wind power projects to be completed and connected to the French electricity grid.
President Macron hosted world leaders last month for talks on financing efforts to combat climate change, with a coalition of 225 companies announcing a five-year plan for monitoring 100 of the world’s largest corporate greenhouse gas emitters.
“We’re not moving fast enough, that’s the problem,” President Macron told the One Planet Summit, called to bolster the 2015 accord in light of United States President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the deal.