A law “sympathetic, but very insufficient”. It is on the basis of this unflattering observation for the Climate Convention bill that the deputy (SE) of Maine-et-Loire, Matthieu Orphelin, proposes to take action on Monday.
It unveils a list of five “close at hand” proposals to reduce an additional 34 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions into the air per year. As it stands, the Citizen’s Climate Convention bill, to be discussed in Parliament in March, aims to reduce CO2 emissions by 12.6 million tonnes.
To do this, the deputy proposes to bring up to date 5 proposals resulting from the citizens’ convention for the climate abandoned by the government. According to him, these proposals make it possible to multiply by nearly 4 the CO2 emissions avoided in 2030.
Create a comprehensive renovation obligation for housing
Matthieu Orphelin first proposed to make thermal renovation of housing compulsory and to advance the cost of the work “up to 100% for owners who need it”. It also proposes that half of public buildings meet, by 2030, the requirements of the “Low Consumption Building” label. Cost of CO2 emissions avoided per year: 13.92 million tonnes, according to figures put forward by the deputy.
The additional cost for the State generated by an advance of the works would be according to him “recovered in a few years, at the time of the transmission of the good (7 years on average)”. He also evokes the argument of the decrease in fuel poverty.
The deputy is also proposing the establishment of an eco-loan without interest rate, which would make it possible to meet the objective he sets at the same time of ending the sale of the most polluting vehicles by 2025. This would allow according to him to avoid 12.2 million tons of CO2 in the air per year. These measures “will benefit French manufacturers who will significantly increase their sales of low-emitting vehicles”, argues the deputy.
The sustainable mobility package for all employees
The parliamentarian also proposes to generalize to all employees the sustainable mobility package, in place since last May in the private sector. This flat rate consists for the employer to cover the cost of home-work transport, up to 500 euros per year, for employees embarking on alternative mobility. CO2 expenditure saved per year: 3.9 million tonnes, according to the deputy’s figures.
The cost for companies would be offset by a “reduction in delays and absenteeism, gains in the quality of life at work and (of) parking facilities”. He also imagines that this will allow a decrease in sick leave favorable to the State.
It also proposes to tackle advertising on the most polluting products over the next ten years, in order to hope to save 2 million tonnes of CO2 released per year. “The regulation of advertising costs nothing and, properly conducted, will gradually guide citizens towards more sober and responsible consumption”, ambitions the deputy.
A royalty on nitrogen fertilizers now
No question of waiting for 2025 as proposed by the bill: Matthieu Orphelin proposes to tackle the implementation of a tax on nitrogenous fertilizers now. It also plans to increase by as much, “even a little more”, aid for the development of alternative agriculture for farmers. Expected savings: 23 million tonnes of CO2 per year.
The one who wrote to the President of the Republic on the issue in January, now calls for “the political will” of the government and the Minister of Ecological Transition Barbara Pompili.
The mission of the Citizen’s Climate Convention, launched in 2019, was initially to reduce CO2 emissions by 40% by 2030 compared to 1990. For the time being, a large majority of the 149 citizens’ proposals for the climate have been rewritten or adjourned.
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