By Deirdre Tynan • 25 August 2021 • 13:57
The EU has committed to climate neutrality by 2050, an objective endorsed by Heads of State and Government and now formally enshrined in the Climate Law. France will be key to delivering this and is planning accordingly.
Its Programmation pluriannuelle de l’energie, plans to increase the share of renewable energies to 33 per cent of final energy consumption in 2030. This means expanding wind energy, onshore and offshore wind will be central to creating a future-proof and cost-efficient energy system.
The overwhelming majority of French people want this, 73 per cent have a good image of wind energy with even higher support among the young generation and, crucially, among people living close to a wind farm.
Communities can benefit from having a wind farm close to their homes. Each new turbine creates €10m of economic activity. Most of this money stays with local communities.
And wind is playing its part in the economic recovery. France has more than 20,000 people working in wind, and can continue growing highly qualified jobs as it delivers on the transition.
WindEurope Chief Policy Officer Pierre Tardieu said, “France should be proud of the women and men working in wind. They are making the transition happen: boosting growth, benefiting communities, and helping deliver a cost-effective, sustainable and resilient energy system.”
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Deirdre Tynan is an award-winning journalist who enjoys bringing the best in news reporting to Spain’s largest English-language newspaper, Euro Weekly News. She has previously worked at The Mirror, Ireland on Sunday and for news agencies, media outlets and international organisations in America, Europe and Asia. A huge fan of British politics and newspapers, Deirdre is equally fascinated by the political scene in Madrid and Sevilla. She moved to Spain in 2018 and is based in Jaen.
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