Climate Conference of Madrid, Spain
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).