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France

France is the EU’s third largest economy and the world’s sixth.

Environmental Data

France has struggled to reduce its CO2 Equi

Total CO2 Equivalent Emissions

France’s had Europe’s third largest CO2 Equivalent emissions in 2016, the latest year for which there is pan-EU data available.

CountryMillions Tonnes CO2 Equivalent
EU Mean158.6
Italy438.2
France475.4
United Kingdom516.8
Germany935.8

Progress to reducing CO2 Emissions

France’s progress in reducing CO2 Emissions over the past decade have been lower than the EU mean, at just under 15%.

Country% Change
United Kingdom-28.40%
Italy-24.40%
EU Mean-16.09%
France-14.80%
Germany-8.70%

CO2 Equivalent Emissions

France’s CO2 Emissions per head are the lowest of the 4 big economies, but only 7th across the EU as a whole.

CountryMillions Tonnes CO2 Equivalent
France7.1
Italy7.2
United Kingdom7.9
EU Mean8.7
Germany11.3

The economy is decarbonising

In spite of slow progress, the economy has CO2 performance similar to the United Kingdom at 0.22 million tonnes per €1 billion GDP. It’s likely to be passed by the UK as that economy’s pace of change is more rapid.

CountryMillions Tonnes CO2 Equivalent
France0.22
United Kingdom0.22
Italy0.26
Germany0.3
EU Mean0.3

Commentary

France’s progress in reducing CO2 Equivalent Emissions has been slower than its peers. This could be due to a strong manufacturing sector, the country’s challenges in changing regulation and an already low carbon power grid supported by nuclear generation.

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