France passes green growth energy bill

Ségolène Royal
Ségolène Royal

French lawmakers have passed the energy bill that is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, boost renewables and create 100.000 jobs in green energy sector.

The energy bill was passed July 22, after the final reading in the National Assembly, Parliament of France.

Ségolène Royal, the French Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, said she hoped France would set an example to other countries with passing of this law, ahead of UN’s Climate Change Conference to be held in Paris in November.

Some of the measures contained in the bill include:

  • Cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030 from 1990 levels,
  • 30% reduction of fossil fuel consumption by 2030 compared to 2012,
  • Increase the share of renewable energy to 32% in final energy consumption by 2030,
  • Increase the electricity production from renewables by 40% by 2030,
  • Diversify electricity generation mix, and reduce nuclear power’s share in the energy mix to 50% by 2025.

A total of 5034 amendments was put for debate that lasted more than 150 hours, during which 970 amendments were adopted.

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Image: Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy