France Council of State demands the government to expedite climate commitments under the Paris Agreement

July 3, 2021

France- On Thursday, the French Council of State ordered the federal government to take rapid action against climate change, threatened by possible fines for failure to comply.Three major matters were agreed by the Council, which offers the Executive legal advice and acts as the Supreme Court of Management Justice.

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Firstly, France exceeds its budgets for emissions. In 2015, France, along with other Member States of the European Union, undertook to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 30% compared to 2005 levels by 2030, following the signing of the Paris Convention.

The decision of the Council therefore commanded the Government to “takeall the measures necessary to attain the goal resulting from the Paris Agreement before 31 March 2022.”Although the Council noted the relative decrease in greenhouse gas emissions from 2019 to 2020, it did not use government policy but the COVID-19 pandemic as the driving force behind the changes. The Council recalled that it has the power to collect fines and compensate for damages.


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