Nicolas Hulot, France's Minister for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition, has launched the Climate Plan to speed up the energy and climate transition. Prepared at the French President and Prime Minister's request, it aims to mobilize the whole government over the coming months and years to make the Paris Agreement a reality for French people, for Europe and for France's diplomatic activity.
With the aim of limiting global warming to below 2ºC, the Paris Agreement sets an ambitious target, and France has a duty to take the lead in implementing it. Through the Climate Plan, launched by Nicolas Hulot, France is speeding up the operational implementation of the Paris Agreement and will exceed its initial targets.
"Climate challenges are the cornerstone of global solidarity. We're duty-bound to exceed our targets and go further, faster. I'd like the ecological and inclusive transition - this tremendous opportunity which is not only economic and environmental but also societal - to improve the daily lives of all French people. And we must share this solidarity at international level," said Nicolas Hulot.
Hulot also announced the end of the sale of petrol and diesel cars by 2040, saying that a European car maker (Volvo) announced that by the end of summer 2019 it will only sell electric cars. Hulot said this was a step towards making the country carbon neutral by 2050. There will be plans for the less wealthy to be aided in swapping polluting vehicles for ones better for the environment.
"We want to demonstrate that fighting against climate change can lead to an improvement of French people's daily lives," he said.
Source: Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs
Learn more at the next leading event on the topic: Energy Independent Electric Vehicles 2017 on 27 - 28 Sep 2017 in TU Delft, Delft, Netherlands hosted by IDTechEx.