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France to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2030

Unveiled by Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne, the roadmap includes detailed figures for reductions for individual sectors of the economy, ranging from the transport industry to households.
The objectives – from speeding up the transition to electric cars or switching freight from road to rivers – are aimed at bringing France’s ambitions for slashing carbon pollution into line with the EU's target for 2030.
France has so far cut its emissions by 25 percent compared with 1990 levels, requiring major fresh efforts if it is to hit the new 50-percent target.
The centrist government of President Emmanuel Macron is wary of provoking consumers with costly initiatives, with memories still fresh of an increase in fuel taxes and vehicle emissions restrictions in 2018 which sparked major protests.
The so-called "Yellow Vest" revolt against Macron began in small and medium-sized towns and the countryside where locals felt they were being penalised for using their cars when no other forms of transport were available.
"We're asking for a bit from the smallest (polluters) and a lot from the biggest," an aide to Borne told reporters, meaning around half of efforts would be for companies, a quarter for households and a quarter for local administrations.
Concern about climate change has leapt up the political agenda in the last 12 months, with the country experiencing its hottest year since records began last year which left rivers dry, crops withered and widespread water shortages.
A record nation-wide winter drought during January and February has also led to fears about water supplies this summer.
Macron, who has admitted to grasping the scale of the planet's environmental problems late, promised to put climate change at the heart of his second term in office which began in May last year.
He pledged to make France the first major nation to abandon fossil fuels and gave Borne an extra job title for "planning the ecological transition."
But the 45-year-old former investment banker has been derided by environmental groups and Greens lawmakers for going too slow and he sparked criticism on May 11 by calling for a "pause" on EU environmental legislation.
Among other developed countries, the United Kingdom has the most ambitious short-term goals of any major economy, with an objective of 2030 emissions being 68 percent below 1990 levels.
The United States has committed to cut greenhouse gases 50-52 percent by 2030 below 2005 levels, while Germany has set a 65 percent reduction target compared to 1990.
The UN's climate science panel has said the world must slash emissions 43 percent this decade to keep within the Paris Agreement’s 1.5C global warming limit.
China and India have set long-term goals to become carbon neutral by 2060 and 2070 respectively, but do not have emissions reduction targets for 2030.

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  • Joseph Githinji

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    Great commitment, I believe this is achievable.

    • Videlis Eddie

      55 w

      This is amazing News

      • mercy nduta

        55 w

        France should be used as an example to many other nations.

        • Komu Daniel

          55 w

          good commitment.

          • Daniel Waweru

            55 w

            This is achievable

            • Tabitha Kimani

              55 w

              The commitment to cut emissions has seen French achieve 25%, with more efforts the 50% is achievable.

              • Sarah Chabane

                55 w

                Only words on paper.

                • Professor Aniebiet Inyang Ntui

                  55 w

                  @sarah_chabane France should be commended for its commitment to cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2030. The unveiling of a detailed roadmap with specific reduction targets for different sectors of the economy demonstrates a comprehensive approach to tackling climate change. It shows that the French government is taking the issue seriously and is actively working towards aligning its goals with those of the EU. It is important to recognize that achieving such targets requires significant effort and major transitions in various industries. France has already made substantial progress by reducing emissions by 25% compared to 1990 levels. This demonstrates the country's ability to make significant strides in curbing carbon pollution. It is understandable that the French government is cautious about implementing costly initiatives that could potentially burden consumers. The "Yellow Vest" protests serve as a reminder of the delicate balance that needs to be maintained between addressing climate change and considering the concerns of citizens. By ensuring that efforts are distributed proportionally among different stakeholders, including companies, households, and local administrations, the government is attempting to mitigate the impact on individuals. France's commitment to making the ecological transition a priority under President Emmanuel Macron's leadership is commendable. While some may criticize the pace of progress, it is essential to recognize the complexity of the challenges involved. Transitioning away from fossil fuels and adopting sustainable alternatives requires careful planning and consideration of economic, social, and environmental factors. Furthermore, it is important to note that the goals set by France are in line with the objectives of the Paris Agreement. The country's efforts are part of a global initiative to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. It is crucial for developed nations like France to lead by example and set ambitious targets, encouraging other countries to follow suit. Others like China and India have set long-term goals to become carbon neutral by 2060 and 2070 respectively, but do not have emissions reduction targets for 2030.

                • Peter Kamau

                  55 w

                  France's quite ambitious on its Net zero target and it's amazing to note that this timeline is exact to the letter in line with the Paris agreement.

                  • Elizabeth Gathigia

                    55 w

                    Great efforts and commitments here

                    • rosebellendiritu

                      55 w

                      @elizbeth_gathigia such efforts are much needed at least to curb the impacts of climate crisis

                    • Gorffly mokua

                      55 w

                      France's commitment to cut emissions is a significant and commendable step towards preventing the worst impacts of climate change.

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