France’s energy sobriety plan will cost 800 million euros: minister

(Xinhua) 09:39, 07 October 2022

Customers queue outside a BP gas station in Levallois, near Paris, France, Oct. 6, 2022. (Xinhua/Gao Jing)

PARIS, Oct. 6 (Xinhua) — France’s energy sobriety plan will cost 800 million euros (785 million U.S. dollars), Energy Transition Minister Agnès Pannier-Runacher said Thursday.

Pannier-Runacher also presented the measures to be taken by the government.

Public lighting in the streets will be on for less time and less intensively, companies will have to commit to switching off the lights in unoccupied buildings, and working from home will be encouraged in public administrations. The remote work allowance for civil servants will be increased by 15%.

Heating should be reduced in offices, swimming pools and sports halls, and hot water consumption should be reduced in offices. Carpooling will be encouraged.

In the context of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict and climate change, energy sobriety in France is an “urgent” issue and there is a “need to act”, said Pannier-Runacher, adding that the objective is to become without fossil energy.

“The fight will not stop in the winter of 2022-2023”, she declared, recalling the general mobilization of all the actors concerned – companies and citizens – to reduce their energy consumption in order to allow the country to achieve a reduction of 10%. energy consumption by 2024 and achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.

The new EcoWatt site was also presented, which allows the public, businesses and local authorities to monitor the country’s electricity consumption in real time and receive relevant alerts.

Pannier-Runacher also presented the communication campaign of the energy sobriety plan, which calls for individual and collective efforts to reduce energy consumption.

“Energy sobriety is one of the keys to ensuring supplies, it is a pledge for our sovereignty, it is an opportunity for our purchasing power, it is a foundation of the ecological transition”, declared the Prime Minister. Elisabeth Borne.

With the sobriety plan, the country will get through this winter “without blackouts” and will be able to “build a more sober and carbon-free society”, Borne said.

On Wednesday, the French Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE) said in a statement that the country’s strategic gas reserves were now more than 99% full, the highest level reached in recent years.

According to CRE, this is equivalent to two-thirds of the winter consumption of small businesses and individuals. (1 euro = 0.98 US dollars)

A temporarily closed Total Energies gas station is seen in Paris, France, Oct. 6, 2022. (Xinhua/Gao Jing)

A poster reads out of stock in front of a Total Energies gas station in Paris, France, Oct. 6, 2022. (Xinhua/Gao Jing)

Customers queue outside a BP gas station in Levallois, near Paris, France, Oct. 6, 2022. (Xinhua/Gao Jing)

Customers queue outside a BP gas station in Levallois, near Paris, France, Oct. 6, 2022. (Xinhua/Gao Jing)

A temporarily closed Total Energies gas station is seen in Paris, France, Oct. 6, 2022. (Xinhua/Gao Jing)

Customers queue outside a BP gas station in Levallois, near Paris, France, Oct. 6, 2022. (Xinhua/Gao Jing)

A temporarily closed Total Energies gas station is seen in Paris, France, Oct. 6, 2022. (Xinhua/Gao Jing)

A temporarily closed Total Energies gas station is seen in Paris, France, Oct. 6, 2022. (Xinhua/Gao Jing)

A temporarily closed Total Energies gas station is seen in Paris, France, Oct. 6, 2022. (Xinhua/Gao Jing)

A temporarily closed Total Energies gas station is seen in Paris, France, Oct. 6, 2022. (Xinhua/Gao Jing)

Customers queue outside a BP gas station in Levallois, near Paris, France, Oct. 6, 2022. (Xinhua/Gao Jing)

A temporarily closed Total Energies gas station is seen in Paris, France, Oct. 6, 2022. (Xinhua/Gao Jing)

(Web editor: Sheng Chuyi, Bianji)

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