Germany and France Want to Make Europe Clean-Energy ‘Pioneer’

Germany and France want to make Europe a “pioneer continent” for the expansion of renewable energy sources such as solar and wind, the countries’ environment ministers said.

The nations are together developing a project related to the energy switch, German Environment Minister Peter Altmaier told reporters today in Berlin at a joint briefing with his counterpart Delphine Batho. He didn’t give details.

German-French cooperation on energy “is closer than ever before,” Altmaier said. “We’re determined to jointly lead in the discussion over renewables in Europe and internationally.”

Germany is transforming its power market to more than triple the share of renewables in the energy mix by 2050 while phasing out nuclear generation. In France, Electricite de France SA’s reactors provide three-quarters of the nation’s electricity, a proportion President Francois Hollande has promised to reduce to 50 percent by around 2025.

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