Energy Blue Print
France 2012

Moving from principles to action for energy supply that mitigates against climate change requires a long-term perspective. Energy infrastructure takes time to build up; new energy technologies take time to develop. Policy shifts often also need many years to take effect. In most world regions the transformation from fossil to renewable energies will require additional investment and higher supply costs over about twenty years

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key results

5.9 development of CO2 emissions

Whilst France’s emissions of CO2 will decrease by 49% between 2009 and 2050 under the Reference scenario, under the Energy [R]evolution scenario they will decrease from 384 million tonnes in 2009 to 20 million tonnes in 2050. Annual per capita emissions will drop from 5.9 tonnes to 0.3 tonnes. In spite of the phasing out of nuclear energy and increasing demand, CO2 emissions will decrease in the electricity sector. In the long run efficiency gains and the increased use of renewable in vehicles will reduce emissions in the transport sector. With a share of 42% of CO2, the transport sector will be the largest sources of emissions in 2050. By 2050, France’s CO2 emissions are 95% below 1990 levels.