France has announced that all coal power plants in the country will be completely shut down by 2023.
The country’s president, Francois Hollande, announced the decision during the UN climate change conference this year, which was held in Marrakech, Morocco.
During the announcement, Hollande also highlighted the Paris agreement, which is an agreement that was signed in December last year, by 175 countries who vowed to greatly reduce carbon emissions by using the best science and technology available today to create a greener world.
She mentioned that the agreement is irreversible, and therefore the US must honour the commitment that was made at the time of signing. This was pointed out during her announcement, following reports that the new president-elect, Donald Trump, denies the existence of climate change, and therefore has been seeking a way to withdraw the US from the signed Paris agreement.
France already has alternative energy sources working in place, and currently obtains over 75% of its electricity from a power source called nuclear fusion, which has fewer negative health and environmental impacts than fossil fuels, which the majority of other countries still heavily rely on.
The World Nuclear Association have reported that “France is the world’s largest net exporter of electricity due to its very low cost of generation and gains over €3 billion per year from this”, as they currently export a significant amount of their cleaner energy.
Due to France’s current forward-thinking plans, and putting those into action as soon as possible, the country is seen as a world leader in low-carbon energy. Their newly-announced statement to stop operations at all of the country’s coal power plants proves that they are very serious about making huge changes which will save our diminishing environment.
The country that is heading towards a much greener future was also the first country in the world to pass a bill earlier this year which banned the use of all plastic cutlery, as well as plates and cups, which will come into place in 2020, ahead of the shut down of all coal power plants.
France’s productive plans for a greener world has caused many other countries to follow suit. Germany also pledged to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by up to 95% by 2050, whilst the UK has planned to phase out all coal power by 2025.
With advanced technology and ongoing scientific research, we now know that climate change is a very real problem on our planet, and country leaders are paving the way for the rest of the world by setting hard deadlines which will have a huge positive impact if met.
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