French energy consumption and sources

In 2016, the total energy consumption by French people accounted for 67.7% from fossil fuels (2% coal, 43.5% oil, 22.2% natural gas), 18.1% from nuclear power and 14.2% from renewable energies (9.7% biomass, 2.9% hydropower, wind power 1%, 0.4% solar power).

In terms of electricity, which accounts for 25% of French total energy consumption, in 2017, 71.6% came from nuclear power, 18.1% of renewable energies and 10.3% from fossil thermal power. With renewable energies share increasing year on year.

source: Wikipedia

 

Green energy

Remember that the best way to lessen your impact on the planet is to avoid unnecessary energy consumption. So pay attention to only turn the lights on when you need and turn the off when you leave a room. Be also aware of that when using heating or air-conditioning.

Check out these tips to save water and to save electricity at home. Also worth mentioning that turning off appliances doesn’t mean it is not using up energy, you need to unplug them to be sure that they are not using standby power.

Once you have followed these tips, it is now important to consider which providers you are getting your energy from and what is the energy sources.

Green electricity

If you are looking for an electricity provider in France, you may want to think about choosing one that is prioritising renewable sources. In France the main ones are Energie d’ici, Enercoop and Ilek.

Green gaz

Biomethane is a type of gaz that is be made from organic waste of various sources and that is therefore considered as renewable. If you are looking for a French provider, EkWateur has an offer for 100% biogas produced in France.

 

Ethical finance

As citizens, we vote with our money. If you are settling in France, you will probably have to open a local bank account. When doing so, it is worth considering how the bank you wish to register with is using your money and which types of projects it is funding. We are sharing with you below which French banks are following ethical principles and funding only eco-friendly projects.

Supporting local businesses is also very important in creating a circular economy, so using local currencies is a great way to do so. You will find below more information on which areas have local currencies.

Ethical banks

A lot of banks are using our money to fund projects which have a negative impact on the environment. So opening a bank account or moving your savings to a bank that is more ethical can make a big difference (more information here in French though).

In France, Nef and Crédit Coopératif are the references for transparency and ethics.

Local currencies

Some areas in France also have local currencies that can only be used in specific areas and allows you to support local businesses. This map shows you local currencies in France.

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