France’s parliament passed legislation on 19 December requiring all oil and gas exploration and production on French territories to end by 2040, the first time any country has taken such a step.
The bill, presented to cabinet in September, bans the renewal of any existing concessions beyond that date. New exploration permits will no longer be granted from now.
The decision is largely symbolic because France produces only about 6 million bbl of hydrocarbons a year, about 1% of its consumption. It will continue to import and refine oil.
President Emmanuel Macron, elected in May, has sought a leading role for France in the fight against climate change and stressed at a summit last week that not enough was being done.
Read the full story here.
Don't miss our latest HSE content, delivered to your inbox twice monthly. Sign up for the HSE Now newsletter. If you are not logged in, you will receive a confirmation email that you will need to click on to confirm you want to receive the newsletter.
3 Oct 2019
- Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Being Human - reserve your place at this one-day course
17 - 19 Mar 2020
- Bogotá, Colombia
Call for papers open
15 - 18 Jul 2019
- Houston, Texas USA
Join this multi-society conference on carbon management
1 Nov 2019
- Bali, Indonesia
Registration Coming Soon
19 - 20 Jun 2019
- Fontainebleau, France
Generating trust, enabling engagement and stimulating innovation
HSE Now is a source for news and technical information affecting the health, safety, security, environment, and social responsibility discipline of the upstream oil and gas industry.
©2003-2019 Society of Petroleum Engineers, All Rights Reserved.