France outlines new renewable energies program

France's Environment and Energy Minister Jean-Louis Borloo offered a "national plan for renewable energies" Nov. 17.

Nov 20th, 2008

Doris Leblond
OGJ Correspondent

PARIS, Nov. 20 -- France's Environment and Energy Minister Jean-Louis Borloo offered a "national plan for renewable energies" Nov. 17. The plan sets aside, for the time being, any assessment of the EU's biofuels draft directive to bring the share of biofuels in transport to 10% by 2020.

The plan aims to bring to 23% the share of renewables in the energy mix by 2020. This corresponds to 20 million tonnes of oil equivalent and involves 50 different measures to develop biomass, wind, geothermal, hydro, sea energies, and especially solar energy, which is targeted to jump to 5,400 Mw in 2020 from 13 Mw in 2007.

All of which is to take place in a highly friendly environmental way. To help achieve these targets, a €1 billion fund will be set up during 2009-11, and the tax credits will be extended to 2012.

Jean-Louis Borloo explained that the "change of model and the change of scale" is intended to go from an essentially carbon-based model to a totally decarbonized model "where each home, each company, and each community will become its own energy producer."

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