Minister outlines French energy goals for 2030

    France will increase the share of renewables in final energy consumption to 32% by 2030, the minister for ecology, sustainable development and energy said on Wednesday as she presented the objectives of a long-awaited energy transition law.

    Renewables will account for 40% of electricity production, 38% of heat and 15% of transport fuels, Ségolène Royal added. And fossil fuel consumption will be cut by 30% to 70 million tonnes of oil equivalent, relative to 2012 levels.

    As announced by French president François Hollande a few years ago, the share of nuclear power in electricity production will be reduced to 50% by 2025.

    Greenhouse gas emissions will drop by 40% by 2030 compared with 1990 levels, in line with the target proposed in the EU’s climate and energy package.

    Another of the law’s objectives is to reduce France’s final energy consumption by 50%.

    The minister also announced a number of financial measures to support these objectives. For example, there will be new incentives for energy savings in homes from September 2014. Funds for renewable heat will be increased and €100m will be allocated to support the development of anaerobic digesters.

    Renewable energy association SER welcomed the government’s “ambitious” goals, which it said gave a “clear roadmap” for investors.


Excerpted from ENDS Europe DAILY