France "will miss its 2050 emission goal"

Government-backed commission predicts only half of objective will be achieved, calls for EU-wide target

France will not meet its long-term goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 75 per cent compared with 1990 levels by the middle of the century, according to findings released by a government-backed energy commission on Wednesday. The goal, known as "factor 4", was adopted in 2005.

Instead France should push for the 75 per cent target to be adopted as an EU-wide goal for 2050 and for this to be achieved through a burden-sharing mechanism similar to the one being developed by the European commission for 2020 climate targets (EED 08/10/07).

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