FRANCE COMMITTED TO LOWERING CO2 LEVELS EVEN AS NUCLEAR PLANTS CLOSE
France will not increase carbon emissions as it reduces its reliance on nuclear energy in coming years. Currently, nuclear is about 75% of the country's energy mix. Grid operator RTE has prepared scenarios for cutting nuclear energy’s share from 56 percent to 11 percent by 2035, and an additional scenario on reducing nuclear reliance to 50 percent by 2025. Environment activists complain that the government has withheld scenarios cutting back nuclear capacity the most, when it held workshops this month to prepare for the public debate. Junior Energy and Environment Minister Sebastien Lecornu stated that France would not build more plants powered by coal or fuel oil, but would consider whether there was a role for natural gas. For the full story see https://uk.reuters.com/article/us-france-nuclearpower/france-rules-out-….