France

The French-Spanish ‘BarMar’ pipeline will do little to address the energy crisis in the short-term

After several months of deadlock, the leaders of Spain, France and Portugal agreed on 20 October to move ahead with…

Big oil’s big recovery

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine triggered a remarkable recovery in crude oil prices. As the EU, US and UK all signalled…

Could the Ukraine crisis herald a rebirth for nuclear power?

In March 1974, French Prime Minister Pierre Messmer took to national television. Military conflict to Europe’s east had been brought…

Can the G7’s “climate club” fill in the gaps to deliver on Paris?

When it comes to climate, the G7 leaders had big talk but little action at their summit in Germany at…

Macron’s Parliament defeat could shake up EU energy policy

When French President Emmanuel Macron was re-elected in April, there was an audible sigh of relief in Brussels. The alternative…

The mystery of the UK’s untapped tidal power

In 1966, a new power facility opened that could have heralded an energy revolution. Following three years of construction work…

Weekly data: France is the biggest market for heat pumps in Europe

France is Europe’s leading market for heat pump sales, with close to 400,000 units sold in 2020, according to Energy…

French utility EDF centres innovation strategy on AI and blockchain

French utility EDF is one of the biggest energy R&D spenders in the world. It is best-known for France’s nuclear…

Weekly data: Macron’s climate challenge is to build out renewables

France has set ambitious renewable energy targets it is struggling to meet. By 2030, the country has pledged to increase…

Macron’s win is good news for climate, but much depends on the next vote

In April 2022, French President Emmanuel Macron stood before a crowd in southern France and promised to take climate change…