France To Shut All Coal-Fired Power Stations By 2021

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France's previous goal for shutting down coal-powered plants was 2023, set under former President Francois Hollande.

France will shut down all of its coal-fired power plants by 2021, according to French President Emmanuel Macron, in a move he says will be “a huge advantage in terms of attractiveness and competitiveness”.

Macron made the announcement at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

“We've also decided to make France a model in the fight against climate change”, Mr Macron said at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
“We should stop opposing on one side productivity, on the other side climate change issues,” he said.

The plan is more aggressive than that of former President Francois Hollande, who set a deadline of 2023 to close down coal-powered plants.

France only produces around 1 per cent of its energy from coal-fired stations, but the commitment is a signal that the country is determined to lead on climate issues.

As Mr Macron has embraced moving France away from coal, the Trump administration has committed to going in the opposite direction.