France: Environmentalist Nicolas Hulot appointed as minister

5/19/17, 2:27 PM -

The French President, Emmanuel Macron has appointed the environmentalist Nicolas Hulot as new French minister of the environment. Thus he sets a clear signal for more solar, renewables and energy storage in France.

Nicolas Hulot is the new French minister of the environment. His appointment is a signal for more renewables and energy storage in France.
Nicolas Hulot is the new French minister of the environment. His appointment is a signal for more renewables and energy storage in France.

Hulot is not a stranger in France. As early as 2002 President Jacques Chirac had offered him the Ministry of the Environment. Hulot declined, and in 2011 he himself became a presidential candidate. However, he underlied the primaries.

A push for further energy transition

Hulot is a supporter of a new, environmentally friendly and social society and has founded several organizations that deal with these issues. He was also involved in the development of the UN Paris Climate Protection Agreement. With his appointment as a minister, the hope is growing that the energy transition in France will be further implemented. In March, Hulot had called the exit of France from nuclear power as a medium-term goal, as the International Economic Forum for Regenerative Energy (IWR) announced. According to IWR the share of French nuclear group EDF fell by 6.6 per cent after the appointment of Hulot.

The goal of the already passed energy conversion law is to lower the share of nuclear power in the French electricity mix from currently 75 to 50 percent by 2025. This will be replaced by solar and other renewables. Presently the renewable power share is 16 percent. Intersolar Europe 2017 in Munich will also put one focus on solar opportunities in France.(HCN)

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