Tag: France


This post is part of a series on high speed rail across the world. Make sure to read previous posts on the US, Germany, and France. England has added itself to the growing list of countries redesigning its transportation paradigm Read more…


Since 1981, France has had a true high speed rail service, the TGV (Train à Grande Vitesse).  We here in the US are only about 30 years behind the French in the regard…and counting.  As US politicians continue to dither Read more…


According to a new report [Fr] from ADEME (the French Environment and Energy Management Agency), 90,000 jobs have been created in green sectors in France between 2006 and 2008. These jobs have been created mostly in the fields of energy Read more…


A battle over whether to place wind turbines within sight of France’s famous abbey, Mont-Saint-Michel, has touched off a dispute within the country’s environmental community over the visual impact of the alternative energy source. A coalition of local and national Read more…


Since 2007, the French photovoltaic market has been booming, with close to 500 megawatts of installed capacity expected this year, up from a mere 40 megawatts three years ago. Most of this growth first stemmed from residential installations that benefited Read more…


European nations are wary about a perceived trend in France and the United States to use international competition as a reason to back off on carbon-reduction pledges. They are concerned that carbon tariffs could be used to fend off competition Read more…


France is currently thinking of enacting a carbon tax to increase climate change mitigation efforts. If enacted, it would be applied to the consumption of energy in general. With French electricity being mostly low carbon, the majority of the tax Read more…


The Grenelle de l’Environnement is a series of measures and laws promoting and advancing sustainable development in all major economic sectors in France. From climate change mitigation to biodiversity protection, it is very comprehensive. Launched in 2007 after a series Read more…

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