27 Apr '11, 12am

French need revolution to meet renewable energy targets

Only radical cuts to red tape and a reversal of lacklustre financial support to the French green energy sector will see France meet its 2020 renewable energy targets, an industry group has warned. France is aiming to produce 23 per cent of its energy from renewable sources by the end of the decade. However, it is set to miss this goal by more than a third, the Syndicat des Energies Renouvelables (SER), the country's largest green energy lobby, said yesterday. FURTHER READING Construction of first US offshore wind farm set for autumn Carbon cuts by developed countries cancelled out by imported goods SER cautions that 35 per cent of the 20m tonnes of oil equivalent (Mtoe) targeted for 2020 will be missing unless the rules are changed. Jean-Louis Bal, head of the SER, said the group would table new legislative proposals to ensure the EU-mandated targets are met. "It's not too...

Full article: http://www.businessgreen.com/bg/news/2046002/french-revol...

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