French President Francois Hollande has announced his country’s target for complete phase-out of coal-fired power.
He made the announcement that France will phase out the fossil fuel by 2023 at the COP22 Climate Summit in Marrakesh, providing further momentum to the campaign to get governments to set target dates for phasing out the most carbon intensive fuels from their energy mix.
The French target is two years ahead of the British who stated 2025 as their due date for ending coal power.
The UK last week launched an official consultation on its plan to phase out coal power, acknowledging that its last coal plant could close earlier than the 2025 cut-off date.
Hollande also used his speech to the Marrakesh Summit to pointedly praise President Barack Obama and stress that the Paris Agreement and action on climate change was "irreversible", despite President-elect Donald Trump's pledge to "cancel" the international treaty.
The UK became the 111th country to ratify the Paris Agreement, with Foreign Minister signing up on Thursday.
Parliamentary scrutiny of the ratification process was completed yesterday, leaving the government free to submit the official documents to the UN.