France has pledged to reduce carbon emissions by a factor of more than six by 2050 compared to 1990, according to a draft new “energy transition law”, presented to cabinet on Tuesday and seen by Reuters but few measures will take effect on President Emmanuel Macron’s watch as the “yellow vest” protest movement limits his scope for environmental protection. The new law will delay the 50 per cent nuclear target to 2035, transfer the European Union’s 2018 “Winter Package” energy targets into French law and will also form the framework for a detailed “PPE” 2019-2028 energy strategy. However, it includes no landmark measures to reduce CO2 emissions now and replaces an election promise to close coal-fired power stations with a CO2 emission cap that would not take effect before Jan. 2022, just before the end of Macron’s term.
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France will delay its planned reduction in the share of nuclear power its electricity mix to 50% from the current 2025 target to 2035 under a draft energy and climate bill. The bill was presented to the Council of Ministers by Minister for an Ecological and Solidarity Transition François de Rugy on 30 April.
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