France backtracks on nuclear phase-out pledge

Category: Climate Change

The French government has postponed a long-held target to reduce the share of nuclear energy in the country’s power production after grid operator RTE warned it risked supply shortages after 2020 and could miss a goal to curb carbon emissions.

Environment Minister Nicolas Hulot said on 7 November it was not realistic to cut nuclear energy’s share of electricity production to 50% by 2025 from 75% now and that doing so in a hurry would increase France’s CO2 emissions, endanger the security of power supply and put jobs at risk.

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