Emissions fell by 4.6% in France in 2023

During the first nine months of 2023, carbon emissions from France fell year-on-year, according to a recently released report from the Interprofessional Technical Centre for Atmospheric Pollution Studies (CITEPA). What contributed to the 4.6% change? 

The CITEPA report, which had been commissioned by the French Ministry of the Environmental, was published on 26th December.  

The preliminary data included in the report indicates an overall 4.6% decrease in carbon emissions during the first three quarters of 2023, compared to the same time period in 2022, while those behind the report accredited three sectors with helping make the positive change.  

The energy sector saw the biggest drop: 9.4% over 2022 figures. Industry came in a close second, showing a 9.3% decrease, while eco measures in the building and construction trade saw its emissions fall by 7.5% cut.  

The news prompted French Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne to exclaim on social media, “-4.6%! In 2023, our CO2 emissions will continue to fall at an unprecedented rate. We are on the right track for France to achieve its carbon neutrality objectives by 2050. With #FranceNationVerte, this vision is at the heart of our ecological planning.”  

For more information on the findings of the report, click here.


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