Greg and Jill: 8 methods COP 21 host, France, is using to mitigate Climate Change
1. Solar Energy
France intends to double their solar capacity by 2020, this would put their total at 10,000 MW
2. Wind Power
France plans to increase their wind power to 19,000 MW by 2020 through an increase in onshore parks, marine farms and individual wind turbines.
3. Biomass and Methanization
Unlike many countries, France encourages using livestock manure for bioenergy and restricts the use of bioenergy crops. France has a goal of creating 1,500 new biogas plants in three years and 9 million new wood fire boilers as a replacement for hydrocarbons.
This is the number one renewable energy in France. France has the second largest maritime area in Europe which gives the country significant marine energy potential. They use marine current turbines, wave energy and ocean thermal energy.
France hopes to have 38% of their heat be renewable by 2030 and create five times as much energy that is independent of weather patterns by 2020.
6. Engaging Youth
France intends to encourage sustainable development education, mobilize school communities, encouraging the teaching of climate issues and holding youth forums about the environment.
7. Recycled Products
France is attempting to promote recycling by encoring waste to energy production, requiring mechanics to offer their clients extra parts from their circular inventory, making sure waste is processed closer to where it is produced, sorting food waste, and encouraging States to set an example.
8. Clean Transportation
Electric vehicles are on their way to prominence in France with a goal to have 4 million in operation by 2030. The Paris public transportation system plans to convert all of its busses to green energy (80% electric, 20% biogas). France, with Airbus, plans to commercialize an electric plane that will cut the cost of a one hour flight to 2 euros (40 euros for fuel planes).
9/12/2015 07:21:54 am
Thank you for the informative blog post, Jill and Gregory! If the United States could adopt just one of these goals, which do you think would have the greatest impact on our nation's contributions to climate change?
9/12/2015 01:58:24 pm
I'm wondering about the marine energy sources you talked about and what they are? These steps seem to be some of the best things a country could do to become more eco friendly and hopefully all the countries do the same in their own way to become better. This is a huge advantage of the climate summit because it makes countries really quantify what they're planning to do to improve their footprint and submit it to the other countries. The atmosphere almost creates a pledge with the rest of the countries to come up with good ideas and follow through with them.
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10/12/2015 01:46:57 pm
The point about the biogas plants caught my attention. I'm surprised that France would discourage the production of biofuel crops in favor of livestock manure, because I'm used to hearing about how bad for the environment cattle farming is. From what I understood it was a leading cause of deforestation (for grazing land) and contamination of waterways. Maybe they have better regulations for that sort of thing than we do in the US, or maybe they're talking about manure from other sources as well. Whatever the case, I hope the biogas plants can be up and running on schedule, though I don't know if I'd care to ever have a tour of one.
11/12/2015 08:35:45 pm
It is great to see a plan of action. I am pleased to see that they included engaging the youth on this list. I did not really learn about climate change until college and I think that until there is a widespread knowledge of climate change, we wont have any real progress in combating it.
12/12/2015 04:35:10 pm
It's wonderful to see that one of the larger countries in the world has an actual plan to combat climate change that has specific goals and actual details and substance associated with it. Although the ultimate goals of this plan are nothing new to me, it is refreshing to see an initiative that actually puts deadlines on these goals...as we all know, plans that have deadlines associated with them are more likely to actually be attained. However, two aspects of this plan are a little fresh to me. Being a citizen of the United States, I can honestly say that I had not been exposed to the topic of climate change and actual discussions about it until I got to college. In addition, although there are many individuals that own up to the fact of climate change while many still do not, and it almost seems as if climate change didn't become a less "taboo" topic until the past few years. Therefore, the portion of this plan that looks to involve the French youth in climate change action is a concept that can certainly be applied to every country in the world. In addition, here in the US, we still rely quite heavily on fossil fuel based transportation, with hybrid and electric vehicles gaining extensive popularity within only the past few years. Although this is the case, we are still fairly far away from engaging the concept of an entirely electric vehicle or other mode of transportation. However, France is putting a hard deadline on doing just that, and this is something that can certainly serve as an example to many other countries. Ultimately, it is pleasing to see a concrete plan of action and it would be better yet to see even more countries release their own plans of action.
14/12/2015 05:11:52 pm
I like that France has a plan for the climate change, I really like the idea on having more electric cars. I think the use of solar power or just straight electric cars are a real step to the future and can significantly affect the climate change.
14/12/2015 09:55:18 pm
It is amazing to me to see all of the different methods France already uses and plans to increase use in, in terms of power and energy and how they can control climate change. Based off of the methods they already have in place and the statistics showing how they will all increase conditions in the coming years, it looks like France has it all figured out. It would be fantastic if we could somehow get more and more countries to adopt these same methods, because with more countries following the same steps, the climate change control goal will be more easily reached. I understand it requires a lot of money to run all of these power sources so the amount of countries that could actually participate is limited, but to see even a couple more countries adopt the same method would definitely produce change. What would it take for the United States to follow a similar path?
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