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29 November 2018

Draft European Energy and Climate Strategy for carbon neutrality by 2050

France welcomes the ambition of the draft long-term Energy and Climate Strategy for Europe which the European Commission has just published, calling for carbon neutrality to be achieved by 2050. France has set the same goal at national level with its National Low-Carbon Strategy (SNBC), made public on 28 November 2018. In view of the urgency of curbing climate change, France and the European Union (EU) must lead the way and firmly commit to the transition towards a carbon neutral economy, for the benefit of all citizens.


This strategy must now be adopted by the EU in order to meet the obligations of the Paris Agreement. France will do its utmost to ensure that the final strategy seeks to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 and that the EU’s 2030 climate goals are adjusted in line with the proposed long-term trajectory, in order to avoid delaying the actions required to combat the greenhouse effect.

Achieving carbon neutrality is necessary to limit the effects of climate change, which are already being felt in Europe and are likely to intensify. Ecological transition also provides a great opportunity, not only for the development of the economy but also to improve people’s quality of life.

Through its Climate Plan and the revision of its National Low-Carbon Strategy (SNBC), France has committed to achieving carbon neutrality by 2050. The SNBC is France’s roadmap for steering climate change mitigation policy. It sets the targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in France in the short and medium term. The draft SNBC, which has been made public, shows that achieving carbon neutrality by 2050 is possible through halving energy consumption and decarbonising the energy consumed by that date. This ambitious target puts France at the forefront of the fight against climate change. This transformation provides an opportunity for society to progress in a more sustainable and fair way.

It requires all-round mobilisation, both by the State and by local authorities, the private sector and citizens, each of which will support this transition at their respective level.

The response to the challenge of climate change is global and requires European and international cooperation. It is especially important that the EU has an ambitious long-term strategy, to show that technical solutions exist and that ecological transition which benefits us all is possible by mobilising citizen, business, local authority and government initiatives.

The Commission’s proposal examines eight different scenarios which provide for varying degrees of emission reduction across the different economic sectors, to meet differing levels of ambition. These levels range from an 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 compared to 1990 (strategy factor 4), to carbon neutrality by 2050. France applauds the ambition declared by the Commission, which calls for priority to be given to scenarios leading to carbon neutrality by 2050.

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