France sticks to its guns, refuses to table 2030 renewable energy target

(EurActiv, 19 Dec 2023) By refusing to table a target for 2030, France is failing to implement the EU’s renewable energy directive, the European Commission said on Monday (18 December) as part of its “recommendations” on the country’s draft National Energy and Climate Plan (NECP).

In its report covering the EU27 as a whole, the Commission found that national plans submitted so far would only deliver a 51% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2030 compared to 1990, falling short of the EU’s 55% target.

“The 21 draft plans received to date do not, as they stand, enable us to achieve our objectives,” the Commission wrote on X.

In the case of France, the draft NECP submitted by Paris would only achieve a reduction in CO2 emissions of 46.4% by 2030 compared to 2005 levels, behind the 47.5% set out in the EU’s Effort Sharing Regulation, the Commission found.

The French plan also only “partially refers to the revised energy and climate targets recently agreed under the Fit for 55 legislative package and the REPowerEU Plan”, the Commission added.

When submitting its updated plan by 30 June 2024 at the latest, France will have to demonstrate “how the existing and planned policies will deliver on the target,” the Commission added.

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EurActiv, 19 Dec 2023: France sticks to its guns, refuses to table 2030 renewable energy target