President Macron at Davos: I will shut all coal-fired power stations by 2021

President Macron at Davos: I will shut all coal-fired power stations by 2021

President Macron said he wanted to “make France a model in the fight against climate change,” as one of five pillars in his plans to reform the economy. “That is a huge advantage in terms of attractiveness and competitiveness. Talent will come where it is good to live. We can create a lot of jobs with such a strategy,” he said.

President Macron also called for the EU, which already opened the world’s first carbon trading market, to “go a little bit further and create a floor price for CO2.” Carbon markets work by providing a financial incentive to pollute less; many experts have called for a minimum price on carbon to boost progress.

Not long returned from a meeting with China’s President Xi Jinping, President Macron acknowledged the Chinese leader’s commitment to the Paris Agreement. Looking ahead to the gargantuan infrastructure project set to link China with Europe, Macron said: “The new Silk Road has to be a green road. We cannot have a coal-based route.”

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