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Normandy, the next step for the Nordics on the way to energy transition?



Architect of the Paris Agreement and fervent promoter of the European Green Deal, France has the will and resources to reach carbon neutrality by 2050. As part of this commitment, Normandy has fixed an ambitious strategy to produce a diversified mix of resource-efficient and competitive energy. With 650 km of coastline, well-developed infrastructures, and a pool of qualified people, the region offers undeniable advantages. In the coming weeks, we will publish a series of articles highlighting this strategy, the measures taken by Normandy in the hydrogen industry, marine renewable energy, and bio-based energy and showcasing the opportunities that this opens up for Nordic players.

France has set up ambitious targets for the energy transition 

As part of the Paris Climate Agreement, France has made firm commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, particularly in the energy sector. To achieve this energy transition, but also to diversify the energy mix, ensure the security of supply and competitiveness, the Multi-annual Energy Plan (PPE) sets the Government’s priorities for the next ten years. The plan aims at reaching 33% sustainable energy in the country’s energy mix by 2030.  

Only a few countries have set such an ambitious goal, among which the Nordic ones are the most prominent. For example, in 2016, the city of Copenhagen announced that it would become carbon neutral by 2025, and it will most likely achieve this ambitious goal!

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Concretely, the PPE sets the following targets to diversify the energy mix:  

Read more: French strategy for energy and climate – Multi-annual Energy Plan

Normandy has all it takes to be a driving force in the energy transition   

Normandy is a region known for its energy potential, as a large part of it remains untapped. Today, more than 36,000 people work in the energy sector in 1,400 companies. Major suppliers of nuclear, thermal, and renewable energy rely on seven regional laboratories, partners of the “laboratory of excellence” (Labex), in the field of materials for energy and clean combustion. The region is also a leader for renewable marine energies (RME) with its 650 km windy coastline and the highest tidal spot in Europe. As part of France’s energy and climate plan for 2030, a tender for 1 GW of offshore wind capacity will be launched this year in the French sections of the English Channel off Normandy – in a development area called Manche Est Mer du Nord.  

Normandy marine renewable energy map

Finally, the region has launched some industry-specific plans to support its local energy ecosystem, most recently in bio-based energy sources and the hydrogen sector. The objective is to foster economic growth by enabling energy companies to install and grow in the region.   

Read more: Overview of the energy sector in Normandy with focus on hydrogen & MRE

Normandy invests in hydrogen, marine renewable energy, and biomass

Three industries have a strong potential for growth in Normandy:    

Contact the local development agency AD Normandy for more information and guidance in your investment project in the region.

Contact AD Normandie

Hélène Dapremont

Inward Investment Manager
Energy sector, focus renewables & hydrogen

Phone: +33 (0)2 31 53 34 44
Cell: +33 (0)6 71 51 51 22