MIL OSI Translation. Region: France and French Territories –
Source: Government of France
December 28, 2018 – News
The petition launched by four associations for a climate action received more than 1.7 million signatures. The Minister of Ecological and Solidarity Transition, François de Rugy, reacted to this petition in the Parisian columns.
François de Rugy points out, we can only rejoice in the interest of many French for the climate. “I am pleased that citizens are expressing themselves in the fight against climate change,” he said. “On this subject, the worst enemy is inertia. But “it is not in a court that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It is not up to judges to force the government to make a law, it is not the sense of our institutions. The Government acts for the climateSince May 2017, the Government acts on the climate file, with the conscience of the urgency: Prohibition of the exploration of the hydrocarbons: France is the first country in the world to have prohibited any new license of gas and oil exploration; Presentation of a massive renewable energy development plan over the next 10 years, to reach 32% of our energy consumption, with an acceleration of renewable heat and biogas that replace energy fossils; Closure of 4 coal plants by 2022, and Fessenheim in the first half of 2020. Launch in early 2019 of a premium for the conversion of old boilers to fuel oil, to help the French reduce their bills and emissions; in place of a premium for the conversion of old vehicles, more than 280,000 French have seized from 2018 to move to less polluting vehicles and less consumers Cycling plan, to triple the share of cycling in the daily travel of the French, including improving cycling facilities; Establishment of a tax on hydrofluorocarbons (HFC) to accelerate the substitution of this product to strong greenhouse effect.
These measures are already beginning to bear fruit: “Last quarter, for the first time, emissions from transport began to decline,” said the minister.The Government acts for the ecological transition Beyond the climate issue, the Government acts for the ecological transition in all its aspects, especially in the fight against pollution: Decision to stop 14 nuclear reactors by 2035, with the aim of reducing the nuclear share to 50% by this time; Ban on neonicotinoids in 1 September 2018, as provided for in the 2016 Biodiversity Act, Commitment of a Glyphosate Exit Plan, Prohibition of 12 Single-Use Plastic Products (Straws, Cups, Plates, Cottons …) by January 1st 2020.
From January, the great national debate will discuss together our collective choices in terms of ecological transition (travel, housing, heating): the ecological transition is indeed one of the four major themes of the great debate.
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