The French carbon pricing committee is proposing a tax on coal-fired power plants in order to stimulate a shift towards gas-fired power in order to reduce carbon emissions.

The advisory committee’s proposal was included in a report delivered to French Environment Minister Segolene Royal on Monday.
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The committee was appointed in March to review European carbon pricing and make recommendations to the French government.

France currently chairs the United Nations climate negotiations COP21 and is looking to introduce measures that will strengthen carbon pricing within the European Union.

The report also includes a proposal announced last month that the EU introduce a carbon price corridor mechanism with floor and ceiling prices, and an auction system, which could help fix the European Emissions Trading System (ETS), which saw prices tumble due to a glut of permits.

The three-man advisory committee is headed by the chairman of French energy company Engie, Gerard Mestrallet, who is also the company’s former CEO.