France will delay by 10 years the shutdown of part of its nuclear power industry in order to fulfil President Emmanuel Macron’s aim of making the country carbon-neutral by 2050, the government said on Tuesday. François de Rugy, environment minister, presented an energy and climate bill to the cabinet that will enshrine the 2050 target in law, by proposing to cut greenhouse gas emissions to less than a sixth of their 1990 levels, compared to a quarter in the current legislation. “The current law foresees cutting the share of nuclear power [in electricity generation] to 50 per cent by 2025, but this target would have required the building of new thermal power stations, which is in contradiction to our climate aims,” the government said in a statement. “So we now propose to move the date back to 2035, which means closing 14 reactors, of which between two and four will close by 2028.” France also plans to cut fossil fuel consumption by 40 per cent between now and 2030, up from 30 per cent under its existing targets, by shutting coal-fired power stations and converting boilers from fuel oil to gas. It also foresees using carbon sequestration as a way of reaching zero net emissions in the next 30 years. The overall French 2050 target is the same as that recommended by the UK’s Committee on Climate Change, which wants legislation to cut greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by that year.
FT 30th April 2019 read more »
Search Nuclear Waste in France: For all eternity. Every few weeks, policemen and atomic bomb opponents fight each other in the French village of Bure. This is where a repository is to be built. The residents want their peace back. Almost every western country is currently working on developing nuclear waste disposal options for the last 50 years . There are two advanced repositories for highly radioactive waste in the world – Olkiluoto in Finland, and Bure. The Repository Commission in Germany also directed its search for progress in France. Her final report was presented in 2016. By 2031, Germany must have found a repository . Then Bure should already be in operation. Because it is so unique and the amount of nuclear waste in France so huge, other nuclear authorities are looking at this place. And learn from the problems. The nuclear authority expects that the construction of the actual repository will take at least a decade. “A decade more with the activists and police in the village, cutting each other’s heads,” she says. The woman is leaning on the window sill, speaking as if in a crowd, in the direction of the police, or activists, or the community destroyed by the project. “I wish Andra would never have come,” she calls. “I hope science will find another way to handle the garbage before construction starts. Because if the project really takes place, there is only one thing left for the people: leave Bure. “
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