Energy performance: France ranked 3rd in the world after Sweden & Norway
France is ranked third in the world in a recent survey by Accenture/WEF of global energy systems, with nuclear power enabling it to register high scores for sustainable development.
The energy performance index assesses the strengths and weakness of each country’s energy system in accordance with economic, environmental and energy security criteria (strong performance – weak performance). France is ranked third in the world after Norway and Sweden.
France is ranked third in the world by the World Economic Forum in a survey conducted in conjunction with Accenture of energy systems in 102 countries. “The survey provides as objective an assessment as possible of the strengths and weaknesses of each country’s energy system to confront what will be an inevitable energy transition”, comments Mr. Jean-Marc Ollagnier, Group Chief Executive of Accenture’s Resources operating group. “To achieve this, we used three criteria: access to energy, sustainable development and energy competitiveness.”
France’s high ranking in the survey can be partially explained by the large proportion of its energy mix provided by nuclear power. France is ranked second in the world, after Sweden, on the sustainable development criteria. “France has one of the lowest carbon dioxide emissions figures among developed countries”, notes Mr. Ollagnier.
Carbon-free energies accounted for 51% of primary energy consumption in France, while nuclear power accounted for 42%. This figure rises to 90% of energy generation: according to the 2012 report by France’s electricity transmission system operator RTE (Réseau de Transport d’Electricité), 75% comes from nuclear power, 11.8% from hydro power, 2.8% from wind power, and 0.7% from solar photovoltaic power.
France is also well positioned for energy costs in Europe, with the fourth smallest rise in energy prices over the last five years, and the sixth smallest rise in consumer prices.