France delivers long term climate plan to UN

France has submitted its long term climate action plan under the Paris Agreement to the UN. It includes a 40% target reduction in emissions by 2030 and a 75% fall […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

France has submitted its long term climate action plan under the Paris Agreement to the UN.

It includes a 40% target reduction in emissions by 2030 and a 75% fall by 2050 compared to 1990 levels.

Under the Paris deal, nations agreed to try to limit global temperature rise to well below 2°C.

France joins the US, Germany, Mexico and Canada to deliver the long term plan to slash emissions to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

The French Government’s national low carbon strategy aims to “make the reduction of the carbon footprint a key consideration in economic decisions” and redirect investments in support of energy transition.

That is expected to support growth and consequently the GDP in the next two decades and increase the number of jobs by between 100,000 and 350,000 between 2015 and 2035.

The plan states: “The key issue at stake here is France’s carbon footprint. Huge investments are required and are essential to rethink our modes of production and consumption.”

The UK Government ratified the Paris climate deal in November last year.