Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Emmanuel Macron Vows Climate Action as French President

Centrist candidate supports a coal phase-out by 2022, carbon price rise, and trade sanctions on polluting countries, but needs a parliamentary mandate to deliver.

Emmanuel Macron promises to promote climate action as France's president (Pic: Le Web/Flickr) Click to Enlarge.
Emmanuel Macron promised to promote international cooperation on climate change in his victory speech on Sunday, after being elected president of France.

The centrist, pro-EU candidate won two thirds of the vote in a run-off against the far right’s Marine Le Pen.

In a short, sombre speech, he called for national unity and assured world leaders France would be a constructive partner on matters of global concern.

Macron said: “France will be active and mindful of peace, of the balance of power, of international cooperation, of respect for the commitments made on development, and the fight against global warming.”

Following Donald Trump’s rise to power in the US and Britain’s vote to leave the EU, a win for Le Pen would have represented a hat-trick for nationalist populism.  In contrast, Macron offered a vision of openness to the wider world.

Laurence Tubiana, a key architect of the Paris climate deal turned head of the European Climate Foundation, welcomed the result.

At home, Macron’s climate policies include phasing out coal power and doubling renewable capacity by 2022, and raising the carbon price to €100 a tonne by 2030.

He has also proposed using trade sanctions at an EU level against countries that do not respect the bloc’s environmental standards.  That could put pressure on the Trump administration to conform with climate objectives and the UK to avoid weakening environmental protections during Brexit negotiations.

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