The French President, Emmanuel macron, is pushing his country to close all coal plants within two years.The plan, originally proposed by Mr Macron's predecessor, francois hollande, aims to remove coal from European power structures by 2023 - and is now revised to 2021.
With only 1 per cent of the country's energy coming from coal production, the announcement was seen as symbolic.Nonetheless, the message is clear: France is increasingly hostile to the environment and wants to take the lead in tackling climate change.
Many other countries are also taking steps to eliminate coal.China is now the world's largest emitter of greenhouse, last year cancelled 104 coal-fired power plants work on the construction site, some governments have joined together to promise, to completely eliminate its energy structure of fossil fuel in 2030.The eu, as a whole, has doubled its efforts to eliminate coal.
There is solid economic reasoning behind this drive.The price of renewable energy has been falling steadily over the past few years, and for many communities, coal is no longer cost-effective.This is especially true for rich countries, which have the capacity to subsidise some of the costs associated with renewable energy.And as technology improves and efficiency increases, renewable energy will become more affordable than fossil fuels.
So, no matter how you look at it, it makes sense to go green.
While France is poised to take the lead in the region, tackling climate change requires more than just a country or continent.