100% renewable energy plan for Paris
Climate crisis, one of the biggest issues concerning the whole world. is causing huge shifts in both geopolitics and business. As the concerns increase, the world is leaning more and more towards the energy transition. Renewable energy should eliminate the greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels and reduce some types of air pollution.
France is one of the European countries which has already been taking many beneficial steps in the fight against the climate change and for the environment. Now, the renewable resources are the fastest-growing electricity generation source in France with the increase of 2.9% per year. The French power system is dominated by stable nuclear power generation.
France plans to reduce the share of nuclear from 70% to 50% in its electricity mix by 2035 and close its last coal plants in 2022. The country plans to modernize their nuclear reactors that are ending their lifetime. This way, the security of the electricity system and a low-carbon footprint will be maintained, while the share of nuclear energy will be reduced.
The country also has a plan of becoming climate neutral by 2050. Achieving greenhouse gas emissions neutrality is a very ambitious target and to achieve it, the Government will seek a balance between man-made emissions and the ability of ecosystems to absorb carbon.
Paris is now one of the leading cities when it comes to carving out an environmentally-sound vision of city life.
Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo has placed green policies at the forefront of her campaigns ever since she was first elected as mayor in 2014. The 100% renewable energy plan and carbon neutrality by 2050 targets are added to Paris’ Climate Plan.
To fulfill the plan, the city is strongly committed to reducing its energy consumption. A 20% decrease has already been accomplished between 2010 and 2020, while the aim is to achieve a 40% cut by 2030.
In order to reduce the climate impact of public lighting, the city has committed to purchasing 100% renewable energy for municipal public lighting from 2016, while simultaneously reducing the energy consumption of Paris’ public lighting.
By 2030, the Paris Region aims to achieve the reduction of the energy consumption by 20%, to double the amount of renewable energy produced in the Paris Region, and to triple the overall share of renewable energy in the energy mix, which will include 40% of renewable energy. (photo credit: rawpixel. com/Freepik)