Last month, France presented an ambitious and far-reaching new climate plan which sets a goal of “carbon neutrality” by 2050. This is higher than the previous goal of 75% emissions reductions by 2050.
The country’s plan was announced on 6 July, just ahead of the G20 summit in Hamburg, by environment minister Nicolas Hulot.
The new 2050 goal comes on the heels of Sweden’s recent commitment to reach carbon neutrality by 2045.
The French plan also includes ending coal power by 2022, ending French oil and gas production by 2040, and banning the sale of petrol and diesel cars by 2040.
“The Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) says we have to leave three-quarters of fossil fuels in the ground. We should listen to them,” commented Hulot.
Macron’s government wants to eliminate the worst insulated buildings in the next ten years, and will put an end to “imported deforestation” by banning imports of certain products, such as unsustainably produced palm oil, from the Congo, South-East Asia and the Amazon.
“This climate plan should take us towards a carbon neutral France. This is a real and meaningful step forward. France is gathering speed and that is good news. Many of WWF’s suggestions were adopted. Along with the other NGOs, we will closely follow the next actions to be sure all commitments are upheld,” stated Pascal Canfin, director of WWF-France.
France’s new climate plan places it “among the leaders, just behind Sweden and Costa Rica”, minister Hulot added.