France to shut all coal-fired power stations by 2021, Macron declares

France to shut all coal-fired power stations by 2021, Macron declares

French President Emmanuel Macron has pledged to shut all of his country’s coal-fired power plants by 2021.

“We’ve also decided to make France a model in the fight against climate change”, Mr Macron said at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

In a speech stressing the economic benefits of innovation, Mr Macron called the commitment “a huge advantage in terms of attractiveness and competitiveness”.

“We should stop opposing on one side productivity, on the other side climate change issues,” he said.

The 2021 goal sets a more aggressive target than the timeline advanced by Mr Macron’s predecessor, Francois Hollande, who sought to shut down the country’s coal-powered plants by 2023.

France only produces around 1 per cent of its energy from coal-fired stations, but the commitment is a signal that the country is determined to lead on climate issues.

As Mr Macron has embraced moving France away from coal, the Trump administration has committed to going in the opposite direction.

Donald Trump made reviving the ailing coal industry a central campaign promise. Since taking office, he has reversed a series of his predecessor Barack Obama’s landmark environmental policies.

He pulled America from the Paris Climate agreement and signing an executive order aimed at dismantling Mr Obama’s Clean Power Plan, which sought to curtail greenhouse gas emissions — like those produced by burning coal — from power plants.

Mr Trump was set to depart for Switzerland on Wednesday evening, embarking for the global conclave after a government shutdown had thrown his plans into question.

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Dilek Bil spent 33 years in both corporate and entrepreneurial ventures.

Worked 10 years in banking for American Express Bank, BNP-Ak-Dresdner Bank and Société Générale. Her years in financial industry were mostly concentrated on introducing new and innovative financial instruments to help grow volume of trade finance, especially for food and  agricultural products to catalyze  a shared value economy.

Co-founded Kangaroo İletişim in 1994, a brand strategy and advertising agency, worked with international brands such as Volvo, VW and Garanti. End of 2011, spun-off advertising and re-structured her business as  a sustainability consultancy and communications agency. She currently advises companies in creating, defining, building, measuring more purposeful businesses, strategies, brands and compelling communications.

Dilek Bil also serves on the Board of Akmerkez Gayrimenkul Yatirim Ortakligi AS., where she leads the ‘Risk’ and ‘Corporate Governance’ committees.

Dilek Bil created and anchored a weekly TV show on Cnbc-e, named  “Sürsün Bu Dünya”. She interviewed more than 40 opinion leaders  -corporate CEO’s, policy makers, academicians, NGO presidents-  to encourage and show them a new direction of  a sustainable economic model with market opportunities and profitabilty.

Dilek Bil is among inspirational leaders in women empowerment and sustainability, in pursing her task, she also presents at conferences  as well as to students.

Dilek Bil has been actively working in civil society:

Recipient of the “2017 Women of the Decade in Media and Social Change” award by the Women Economic Forum.

Honorary board member and former president of KAGIDER (Women Entrepreneurs Association of Turkey).

Founding member and the Vice-President of FODER (Financial Literacy and Inclusion Association of Turkey).

Member of the board of trustees WWF-Turkey.

Member of the Strategic Advisory Group for International Council on Women’s Business Leadership.

Former board member of Turkish-British Business Council of DEIK.

Works closely with many civil society organizations: UNSDSN
German Bioeconomy Council, ALL Ladies League

Dilek Bil is an amateur in gastronomy and oenology.

Board member of Accademia Italiana della Cucina.

Founding member of 28-year-old Wine Association of Turkey,

Dilek Bil graduated from Northport High School-New York and has a BA degree from University of North Texas U.S.A., married and has a son.