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France Misses 2016 CO2 Targets

January 25, 2018

By Paul Homewood


Hot on the heels of Germany’s failure to hit its climate targets, we now hear that France too has missed its 2016 goal.

From Reuters:


PARIS (Reuters) – France will revise its carbon emissions target by the end of this year to align it with its pledges in the Paris climate agreement after failing to meet the goal to cut greenhouse gas emissions in 2016, the ecology minister said on Monday.

France is leading efforts to keep the momentum going on the landmark 2015 climate agreement but its carbon dioxide emission’s rose 3.6 percent over the targeted 447 million tonnes of CO2 emissions equivalent, the ministry said.

Ecology Minister Nicolas Hulot said in the statement that the revision of the France’s low-carbon strategy to set new targets, will take into account the plan to further reduce emissions and make France carbon neutral by 2050.

Hulot said he will present measures at the end of the month as part of the strategic revision, which will help accelerate France’s energy transition.

He added that policies in the transport, housing and forestry sectors, where emissions targets were largely missed in 2016, would need to be substantially reinforced if France were to meet its emissions target.

  1. Ian Magness permalink
    January 25, 2018 11:26 am

    Oh dear
    How sad
    Never mind
    The question as always with these fantasy-land targets and calculations, is how the hell do you actually measure these things? I suspect it’ll all pretty much wild guesswork even in Europe and utterly fabricated in places like China and India.

  2. January 25, 2018 11:35 am

    In this race to the bottom I wish France well; but we should not put too much faith in the inter connector.

  3. Silver Dynamite permalink
    January 25, 2018 11:37 am

    Does anyone know the French word for hypocrisy?

    • Athelstan permalink
      January 25, 2018 11:58 am

      I know the french phrase for hubris, the maginot line.

      • roger permalink
        January 25, 2018 1:55 pm

        Nice one!!!!!!

  4. January 25, 2018 11:39 am

    They’ll need to keep all the current nuclear plants going (lifetime extensions needed) and they’ll have to build lots more for all the EVs etc. Macron promised to cut nuclear from 72% to 50% by 2025 ( but I think he is having a re-think (if that is what politicians can do) ( and

    • January 25, 2018 1:36 pm

      Nuclear power plants are rubbish for load-following, they are not designed for it.

      France will have to build more gas-fired power stations if it wants to keep the lights on as its old nuclear fleet declines.

      • January 25, 2018 3:20 pm

        The French plants were designed for standard load follow, but not for the rapid load follow needed when intermittent renewables are introduced. Get rid of the intermittent renewables and with a bit of hydro, French electricity could be almost “carbon dioxide emissions free (as if that matters except to the politicians, the Greenblob and the green media).

    • Gerry, England permalink
      January 25, 2018 2:18 pm

      There was a reason Marine Le Pen was happy to let Macron have his turn and show the French people why continuing the elect a member of the elite produces no change and no progress. The people will be ready when his turn is over.

  5. Joe Public permalink
    January 25, 2018 12:05 pm

    Are you certain that Reuters report is correct?

    I’ve not seen any report by Roger Harrabin on the BBC, of France’s admission of failure. That must have been a tad embarrassing for the hosts of COP21.

  6. January 25, 2018 12:25 pm

    What does a tiny fraction of a tiny fraction of global CO2 emissions have to do with the ecology of France? Wind turbines and biofuels on the other hand have a lot to do with the ecology of France.

  7. Jack Broughton permalink
    January 25, 2018 1:10 pm

    The European suicide pact is accelerating for the henny-penny countries.
    Isn’t it strange that the drivers for all of the madness are NOAA and other USA bodies that are now ignored in the USA. Trump has now joined the “Presidents Party” (oops) in Davros, will he be converted / corrupted by it?

    • dave permalink
      January 25, 2018 3:17 pm

      According to the latest bathetic smear in the MSM, Trump has ‘defiant child syndrome’ i.e., he does the exact opposite of what his betters tell him. I certainly hope so.

  8. January 25, 2018 3:14 pm

    Donald J. Trump

    Will soon be heading to Davos, Switzerland, to tell the world how great America is and is doing. Our economy is now booming and with all I am doing, will only get better…Our country is finally WINNING again!

    7:27 PM – Jan 24, 2018
    32,250 Replies 22,308 Retweets 109,058 likes

    France’s Macron said of the situation: “If we aren’t able to agree a standard of international cooperation, we will never convince the middle class, the working class that globalization is good for them.” And that, boys and girls, is why Donald John Trump is President of the United States.

    Further fun and games come from others, according to FoxNews: “Trump also offended many from the African delegation, with his alleged recent off-the-record comment disparaging “s—hole countries,” a remark that was purportedly aimed at Haiti and nations in Africa. Note the term ALLEGED. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) is the one reporting the comment while others in the room and Trump himself deny he said it. Durbin has a history of doing such things. Even Obama called him out for reporting a statement of former Speaker of the House John Boehner which was not said. African CEOs want Trump to acknowledge and apologize for the statement, ALLEGEDLY made earlier this month in a closed door meeting with U.S. lawmakers who were discussing immigration policy. I would not hold my breath unless blue is your preferred skin color. Also, not all of the African leaders have their panties in a wad.

    Some may walk out on Trump’s address, while others have suggested leaving Trump’s speech in progress may make a more powerful statement. Now that shows maturity.

    Macron wants to hear Trump explain his strategy for the U.S. and the world in Davos. Let me
    explain it to garcon Macron. The United States is no longer available to be rolled by you twerps. President Trump will not be bowing before you–that was Obama. President Trump believes in strong nation states which protect their borders, their cultures, serve their own interests and trade with each other equability. In this way strong nations will bring peace. But your hopes for a one-world government, run by you self-appointed elites, have been dashed.

    • January 25, 2018 3:25 pm


      Don’t you just love the way the elite establishment types (who know it all) say “if…. , WE will never convince the middle class, the working class that globalization is good for them”?

      • January 25, 2018 3:38 pm

        Here we refer to it as “fly-over country”–that vast zone of the unwashed, uneducated, masses who live between NYC, DC, Boston coast and LA, SF, Seattle. The elites feel they need all their shots and a visa to venture here.

        And that arrogance is why Donald John Trump is the President of the United States. Prior to his announcing, I was praying (yes, I am one of those Christians clinging to my God and my gun–Smith & Wesson Bodyguard): “Lord send someone who will take a wrecking ball through the establishment–both sides.” He sent Donald down that escalator on June 16, 2016.

    • Dave Ward permalink
      January 25, 2018 3:45 pm

      “Also, not all of the African leaders have their panties in a wad”

      Indeed: “Uganda’s Museveni: I love Trump for being frank with Africans”

      • Athelstan permalink
        January 25, 2018 4:56 pm

        “Uganda’s Museveni: I love Trump for being frank with Africans”

        #despitethebbc. or to spite the biased broadcasting cartel

        some of us here in Britain wholeheartedly, agree with your vision and guts too – MAGA DJT and some of it will rub off in East pondia – despite what mother ‘EU drone’ theresa thinks.

      • January 26, 2018 12:41 pm

        I was actually referring to him as I had seen his remarks on the FB newsfeed. Was listening to Rush Limbaugh when he announced yesterday that as Trump entered the building, he was being treated like a “rock star” with people calling to him and waving. I saw a video of that later. Trump was smiling and waving back and talking to the people as he walked by the rope lines. Then someone from the media asked Trump if he was being welcomed (???). Trump said to him, “Look at it. What do you think?” He had a dinner with business leaders who are planning projects in the US due to tax cuts and gutting the stifling regulations. He listens when each speaks and knows something about their business. After all, he did business with many of these companies over the years and unknown to the elite media, he is a quick study.

  9. Tim permalink
    January 25, 2018 5:57 pm

    Good to see that Monsieur Hulot is on the case. Jacques Tati would be proud.

  10. Markl permalink
    January 25, 2018 6:01 pm

    I’ve read that the US is the world leader in CO2 reduction by % for 2016 because of a shift to natural gas. Ironic isn’t it 🙂

  11. Ben Vorlich permalink
    January 25, 2018 8:01 pm

    In this area (Department 87) of France there is grassroots movement against wind turbines, which doesn’t stop them being built.

    Being a rural area much of the domestic heating is provided by wood, bought privately by cash without any government recording. I wonder how much of the CO2 produced is recorded in official figures, the French being lovers of everything being recorded in official documents.

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