France GHG emissions drop 2.5% in 2005-2006

22 January 2008 17:38  [Source: ICIS news]

PARIS (ICIS news)--France posted a sharp 2.5% drop in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions between 2005 and 2006 and levels are 4% lower than the ceiling fixed by the Kyoto Protocol for 2008-2012, said State Minister for Ecology and Sustainable development Jean-Louis Borloo on Tuesday.

In 2006, France's GHG emissions were estimated to hover around 541m tonnes of CO2 equivalent, according to a recent study, below its international commitment set by the 2008-2012 Kyoto protocol of 564m tonnes of CO2 equivalent, indicated the Minister.

These emissions fell by 13.8m tonnes of CO2 equivalent

Thirty per cent of the fall was atrributed to a decrease in home and office heating through energy savings and favourable climate conditions; 27% through a drop in electricity production emissions due both to strongly growing renewable energies and hydroelectric production boosted by rainy weather; 19% through a drop in manufacturing industry emissions; and 11.5% from reduced agricultural sector emissions.

Emissions are now at their lowest level since 1990, Borloo said.

"Even if France is already one of the most carbon sober industrialised economies with emissions per head 25% lower than the European average and 30-40% lower than our large neighbours, I want to go even further," he said, adding that this what the Grenelle de l'Environnement is all about.

These low emission figures were published a day before the European Commission is to announce measures to implement the third energy and environment package.

President Nicolas Sarkozy has already written to the EC president Jose Manuel Barroso complaining that the project is "neither efficient nor impartial" as it does not take into account the significance of France's nuclear power programme.

By: Doris Leblond
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