France will close all coal-fired power stations by 2021

In a speech at the 2018 World Economic Forum held in Davos, Switzerland, French President Emmanuel Macron promised to shut all coal-fired power plants by 2021.

“We’ve also decided to make France a model in the fight against climate change”, Macron said.

The 2021 goal sets a more aggressive target than the timeline advanced by Macron’s predecessor, Francois Hollande, who sought to shut down the country’s coal-powered plants by 2023.

France only produces around 1 percent of its energy from coal-fired stations, but the commitment is a signal that the country is determined to lead on climate issues.


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