France has long been recognized as a stalwart in globally steering nations to implement measures for protecting the planet and reducing potential threats to its existence. The country has always been at the forefront of introducing laws that aim to reduce CO2 and other greenhouse gas emissions. This was in light of warnings given by climate scientists that the increasing global temperature will result in climate changes that would eventually destroy the planet.
France Deindustrialized to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions
In the more than past 30 years, France
underwent a long period of deindustrialization as a way to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions that have been causing temperatures to rise. However, the changes have to take place globally, which makes it important to have nations commit to reduce their carbon dioxide and greenhouse gas emissions.
Actually, it was not too difficult for France to achieve deindustrialization because the country is blessed with fertile plains spanning across two-thirds of its geographical area. It is in fact the leading food exporter in all of Europe as its agricultural industry uses more than 50% of France’s lands. In Southern France, the quality of land and climate has been advantageous for growing grapes, which supports many world famous French winemakers.
The Paris Agreement in 2015
Through the Paris Agreement in 2015, 196 UN parties signed an
international treaty that aimed to address climate change. Moreover, the legally binding agreement included a commitment for all members to meet every 5 years to assess the progress of the long term goals.
France’s ability to attain its long-term goal of reducing emissions is largely due to its use of nuclear power plants in producing about 80% of the country’s electrical power supply.
The country’s coal mines are still operational in large coal fields in northeast France since there are no domestic oil reserves backing up the rural areas.
Although the French government supports the development and advancements of industries involved in the production of electronics, automobiles, chemicals, machineries, metals and textile, the nation has been outsourcing the manufacture of various products usually to China. Touted as the world’s largest factory, China is also the greatest producer of greenhouse gas emissions.
France’s Successful Tourism Industry Affected Air Quality
France’s tourism industry enjoyed immense popularity during the pre pandemic period. Yet there was a corollary disadvantage since the massive air, land and water transports affected the country’s air quality. According to the European Environment Agency, France can still improve its emission-reduction strategies to improve quality of air pervading in the country.
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