Energy in France

Published on 08.27.2018

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Photo of photovoltaic panels in front of the cooling towers of the Tricastin nuclear power plant in Provence.

As in many other countries worldwide, France has embarked on an energy transition aimed at curbing its greenhouse gas emissions, increasing its  and diversifying its supplies.    These various objectives have prompted it to reduce its nuclear capacity, develop renewable energies and improve its  . As is always the case in the energy sector, developments are slow and require long-term efforts.    

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What about The Energy Transition in France ?

In 2015, France launched a fresh energy transition aimed at promoting green growth, further reducing greenhouse gas emissions and bolstering the country’s energy independence. Its main objectives are to shrink the use of nuclear energy, develop renewable energies and improve energy efficiency.

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Greenhouse Gas Emissions in France

France is one of the European Union’s best performers in terms of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. This is attributable chiefly to the establishment more than 40 years ago of its extensive nuclear capacity, which ensures electricity can be generated with low carbon emissions (CO2). Europe itself is a global region where emissions have fallen sharply since 1990, but with an increase in 2017.

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