OECD Environmental Performance Reviews provide independent assessments of countries’
progress towards their environmental policy objectives. Reviews promote peer learning,
enhance government accountability, and provide targeted recommendations aimed at improving
countries’ environmental performance, individually and collectively. They are supported
by a broad range of economic and environmental data and evidence-based analysis. Each
cycle of Environmental Performance Reviews covers all OECD member countries and selected
partner countries. The most recent reviews include: Spain (2015), Brazil (2015) and
Chile (2016).This report is the third Environmental Performance Review of France.
It evaluates progress towards sustainable development and green growth, with a focus
on energy transition and biodiversity.
France will need further effort to meet environmental goals
France has improved its environmental performance over the last decade, lowering greenhouse gas emissions, reducing some air pollutants and cutting its use of fresh water. Further effort will be needed, however, to reduce pollution by nitrates and pesticides and meet ambitious renewable energy targets, according to a new OECD report.