France will reduce its nuclear share, but wants better carbon tax threshold at EU level

13/06/2017 14:35 Nuclear


French environment and energy minister Nicolas Hulot declared on Monday that the government plans to reduce the share of nuclear to 50% of the country’s power generation from the current 75%. As for the possibility of introducing a carbon tax, Hulot said that France already has a carbon tax which is increasing every year. 

France’s production of nuclear power has continued to fall after a law passed by the government in November last year intended to sustain solar power. The legislation could force EDF, the country’s state-controlled utility, to shut down 18 to 20 of its 58 nuclear reactors by 2025, which is a major policy shift. 


The former environment minister, Segolene Royal, in May 2016 proposed to introduce a carbon price floor unilaterally in France at 30 euros ($33) a ton, to encourage broader European action and to cut emissions and move forward the international climate accord, concluded in December 2015 under the auspices of UN. However, the socialist government suspended the plan as trade unions protested over possible coal plant closures.


EDF Chief Executive Jean-Bernard Levy has reiterated that the company wanted a minimum carbon price of between 30 and 40 euros per ton in France and Europe to compete effectively. 

French and Swiss nuclear sites affected by quality assurance problems

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France and Switzerland have been affected by quality assessment issues. EDF Group stated that Areva had found out that quality control deviations occur on specific rods, which meant the provider was incapable to demonstrate that quality control to prove that the leak tightness of those rods had been properly carried out.


British Petroleum decided to sell North Sea assets to Serica Energy

22/11/2017 14:20:00

British Petroleum decided to sell its oil and gas assets in North Sea to Serica Energy in an agreement estimated at £300 million.


Belgium commits €1 million to IRENA for climate issues

22/11/2017 13:32:00

The Walloon government in Belgium pledged €1 million financing to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) for renewable power aid in the framework of the government’s plan to fight climate change under National Determined Contributions.