France’s energy transition - What impact on the Energy Union?

19 November 2015

In the summer of 2015, ahead of the COP21 Climate Conference in Paris, France passed a law outlining the nation’s ‘energy transition for green growth’. It aims to cut France's greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030 and by 75% by 2050, and to halve the country's energy consumption by 2050. While France also plans to reduce the share of nuclear energy to 50%, this law does not spell the end of nuclear energy in France. Instead, the goal is to have a mix of renewable energy sources, based on a solid foundation of de-carbonised nuclear energy. At this Policy Dialogue, part of a series of events on country-specific challenges in the framework of the Energy Union, a panel of experts discussed the specifics of the law and how it will contribute to meeting the EU’s energy and climate targets.