Energy transition in France: What to expect from the new government?

The ‘Clean Energy for all Europeans’ package of legislation is the EU’s response to the Paris Agreement on climate change, setting out the bloc’s energy and climate policies for 2030.

As the package makes its way through the EU institutions for final adoption, EURACTIV hosted a debate focusing on France’s unique position at the heart of European energy and climate policy.

With a new government now firmly in place, is France again poised take a leading role in driving forward the EU’s climate diplomacy? Watch our highlights of this half-day of debates organised around three main themes:

  • Smart Cities & Energy transition
  • Renewables energy directive revision, what place for biofuels?
  • France – Leading the way into a low-carbon future? What is the role for solar?

Speakers interviewed in the event video:
Maroš Šefcovic, Vice-president of the European Commission responsable for the European Energy Union
Mark Widmar – First Solar CEO
Megan Richards – Director of Energy Policy in DG Energy (ENER) of the European Commission
Michel Derdevet – Secretary-General and member of the executive board of Enedis
Roland Lescure – President of the economic affairs Commission in the French National Assembly
Paolo Frankl – Head of the Renewable Energy Division at the International Energy Agency (IEA)
Barbara Pompili – President of the Commission on Sustainable Development and Planning of the French National Assembly
Claude Turmes – MEP Greens/EFA, Member of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy
Virginie Schwarz – Director of the Department of Energy of the Ministry of Ecological and Solidarity Transition
Thomas Pellerin Carlin – Research fellow at the Jacques Delors Institute, working on European energy policy

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