Climate: the Council of State gives France nine months to take “all measures” to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions


The former mayor of the city of Grande-Synthe (North), the ecologist MEP Damien Carême, had seized the Council of State in January 2019 to denounce the “climate inaction” of France.

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An unprecedented decision. The State must take within nine months to take additional measures, in order to achieve the objective of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030, orders the Council of State, Thursday, July 1 .

The highest French administrative court, seized by the municipality of Grande-Synthe (North), noted that the current trajectories of France do not allow it to meet its commitments under the Paris Agreement. So she orders “the Prime Minister to take all useful measures allowing to bend the curve of greenhouse gas emissions (…) in order to ensure its compatibility with the objectives” from France by March 31.

The former mayor of the city of Grande-Synthe, the ecologist MEP Damien Carême, seized the Council of State in January 2019 to denounce the “climate inaction” of France. LGrande-Synthe’s request to the court notes that the coastal town is “particularly exposed to the effects of climate change”, especially the risk of flooding.

On November 19, the Council of State gave the government three months to “justify (…) that its refusal to take additional measures is compatible with respecting the reduction path chosen to achieve the objectives set for 2030 “.



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