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Court orders French government to ‘repair’ carbon emissions overshoot
October 14, 2021
A French court has ordered the government to make up for its failure to meet its own greenhouse gas reduction targets, saying it needed to “repair” the emissions overshoots.
Four NGOs backed by a petition signed by 2.3 million people took the French state to court in 2019 in what they called “the case of the century”, asking the judges to rule on the government’s alleged climate target shortcomings between 2015 and 2018.
The Paris administrative court on Thursday found France emitted 15m tonnes of CO2-equivalent beyond its targets over that period.
It ordered the prime minister, Jean Castex, and his government to take measures “to repair the damage” caused by the failure to compensate for the excess emissions.
The court gave a deadline of 31 December 2022 to set things right, leaving the methods to achieve this up to the government.
France has committed to a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of 40% by 2030 compared with 1990 levels, and to reaching carbon neutrality by 2050.
The 2015 Paris agreement, a binding treaty, called for a limit on global heating of 2C over pre-industrial levels, and “preferably” 1.5C. Based on progress so far, experts say the world is currently unlikely to meet either target, instead heading for close to 3C.