France Pledges to Shut Down its Coal Plants by 2023


By Editors of Power Engineering

French president Francois Hollande announced the country will shut down all its coal-fired power plants by 2023.

The announcement, made at an annual UN climate change conference, would beat the UK’s pledge to stop using coal for power generation by two years, the Independent reported.

France has already embraced low-carbon energy, and now derives 75 percent of its power from nuclear sources.

Germany has pledged to cut its overall carbon emissions by 95 percent by 2050, and Chinese president Xi Jinping said China would continue its fight against global warming “whatever the circumstances."

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