Sustainable Development

Public policies' key documents.
 

Agriculture

The High Council for Food, Agriculture and Rural Areas – CGAAER

CGAAER - FranceThe Conseil général de l'alimentation, de l'agriculture et des espaces ruraux (High Council for Food, Agriculture and Rural Areas – CGAAER) is a high level advisory body under the direct authority of the Minister in charge of Agriculture.The members of the CGAAER are senior experts from different backgrounds in the public sector who contribute to the elaboration and assessment of public policies within the remit of the Ministry of Agriculture. It carries out audits, assessments and inspections and provides expertise and advice on strategic issues such as  agro-ecology, adapting to climate change, sanitary or market crisis management, international cooperation…It may also be involved in the process of  rafting new legislation. [2016]

Agriculture

THE AGROECOLOGY PROJECT IN FRANCE

Agroecology in FranceFrance is committed to changing production models in order to combine economic, social and environment high performance: this is the Agroecology Project. An ambitious public policy
that involves all partners in the sector. [2016]



Agriculture

Directorate General for Food (DGAL) Activity Report

DGAL 2015The present Activity Report for 2015 is testimony to the work of a hard-working team endeavouring to protect the public and consumers, but with a special emphasis on the food and the environment for the generations of tomorrow. [2016]


Agriculture

the Ministry of Agriculture, Agrifood and Forestry in action

French Ministry of Agriculture in ActionThe core tasks of the ministry of agriculture, agrifood and forestry. [2016]




Sustainable Development

Implementing the Paris Agreement. The COP in action

Implementation of COP21An unprecedented commitment to action - For an historic entry into force.
It would have been impossible to adopt the Paris Agreement without such strong commitment on the part of both Nations and civil society. People all over the world have grasped the scale of the threat to our existence. Above all, they were aware of the extraordinary chance afforded by the Paris conference. The solutions proposed by associations, businesses and regional authorities during COP21 demonstrate that the process of change within our societies is irreversible. [2016]


Sustainable Development

What solutions for the mediterranean?

What solutions for the mediterranean?Proposals for joint action for countries around the Mediterranean. [2016]






Sustainable Development

Security and climate

Security and ClimateThe notion of security has evolved in response to major changes in the international order. The key debate on environmental security concerns the type of climate change-induced risks that pose a potential threat to a State’s territorial integrity and/or provoke interand intra-State conflicts driven notably by resource depletion. In addition to the more traditional view of security impacts, there are also risks associated with human security (gradual impoverishment of certain population groups, food insecurity, forced migration,etc.). [2016]


Sustainable Development

Green finance and climate: the action of the French COP21 Presidency

Green finance and climate : the action of the French COP21 PresidencyThe issue of climate change for the financial sector entails redirecting all financial flows so that they are compatible with the goal of limiting global warming to 2°C. This issue is explicitly set out in Article 2 of the Paris Agreement. It is broken down into three objectives: increase green financing at a steady rate ; gradually limit the financing of assets that emit high levels of CO2 ; ensure that all financing flows are compatible with these objectives. [2016]


Sustainable Development

International Solar Alliance

International Solar AllianceThe International Solar Alliance is an initiative launched jointly by France and India on 30 November 2015 in the context of COP21 in order to make possible the “change of scale” in the deployment of solar energy in significantly sunny countries located between the two topics. [2016]


Sustainable Development

Energy Transition for Green Growth Act in action - Regions, citizens, business

Energy Transition for Green Growth Act in action - Regions, citizens, businessThe Energy Transition for Green Growth Act and its attendant action plans are designed to give France the means to make a more effective contribution to tackling climate change and reinforce its energy independence, while striking a better balance in its energy mix and creating jobs and business growth. The texts required for its implementation are operational and support plans are in place. These tools are available to private individuals, businesses and the regions, enabling them to take concrete action. [2016]

Sustainable Development

Carbon princing: a lever for energy transition

France - Carbon PricingThe economic and financial tools used for explicit or implicit carbon pricing give clear messages about the benefits of emitting less carbon, or alternatively the cost of greenhouse gas emissions for society. Consequently, they make it possible to accelerate the energy transition. [2016]
 

Sustainable Development

Carbon pricing: proposals to the European Union

Carbon pricing : proposals by France to the European UnionMaking low-carbon investments and taking advantage of these opportunities currently face two major difficulties: the collapse in the price of fossil fuels and the very low price of carbon in most countries. This has multiple consequences: investing in renewable energy and energy efficiency is less attractive, the cost of support mechanisms for renewable energies increases and the tax revenue from the price of carbon that is often used to finance the energy transition (such as energy retrofitting of low-income households in France) is reduced. [2016]

Sustainable Development

The Lima-Paris action agenda

France-LPAAThe Action Agenda is already taking shape in 2016, the year in which France holds the presidency of the Conference of Parties: we are working with our partners to finalise an operational calendar, and will be producing regular progress reports to ensure that the commitments we have made are honoured. [2016]

Transport

44 tons traffic: Requirements and procedures to be observed

44 Tons Traffic in FranceStarting from January 1st, 2013, the decree of December 4th, 2012 allows road haulage vehicles with more than 4 axles to run with a gross vehicle weight between 40 and 44 tons on the French national territory. This authorization is applicable to every types of goods, without any restriction.  [2016]


Transport

Directorate-General for Infrastructure, Transport and the Sea

Directorate-General for Infrastructure, Transport and the SeaThe Directorate-General for Infrastructure, Transport and the Sea (DGITM) is responsible for preparing and implementing the national policy on land and maritime transport. The DGITM falls within a policy of sustainable development and energy transition, promoting environmentally friendly transport modes and usage within its areas of competence. This document presents a summary of the organisation of the directorate-general. It describes its responsibilities, its major project areas and agents, which are responsible within the management structure for a range of issues including public transport, railway and guided light transit, inland waterway, road and maritime transport. [2016]

Agriculture

COP21: AGRICULTURE AND FORESTRY AT THE HEART OF THE SOLUTION FOR THE CLIMATE

COP21 Agriculture & forestry: solution for climateAgriculture must be a solution to meet the challenge of climate change [2015]





Agriculture

4 per 1000 initiative

4 0/000 initiativeBuilding on solid, scientific documentation and concrete actions on the ground, the “4‰ Initiative: soils for food security and climate” aims to show that food security and combating climate change are complementary and to ensure that agriculture provides solutions to climate change. This initiative consists of a voluntary action plan under the Lima Paris Agenda for Action (LPAA), backed up by a strong and ambitious research program. [2015]


Agriculture

The French National Plant Protection Organization

French National Plant Protection OrganizationThe NPPO aims to regulate and organize a system of monitoring and control that guarantees plant health safety in France and in all plant environments (crops, forests, non-agricultural public and private areas, natural environments, etc.) against regulated or emerging pests. [2015]


Agriculture

Directorate General for Food (DGAL) in brief

DGAL in brief 2015DGAL is a State service dedicated to public health and the quality of the environment. As such, it contributes to the development of economic sectors by fixing their operating rules. DGAL monitors the quality and safety of food at each stage of the food chain, from the raw materials necessary for growing plants and breeding of livestock to the moment the food is sold to the consumer. [2015]

Sustainable Development

Climate - France in action

Climate - France in actionFrance has set ambitious climate and energy objectives, in line with the European Union’s commitments.  France has also engaged in an energy transition, extending its commitment beyond these objectives. The purpose of this transition is to update our energy model and help to combat climate change, as well as to create local jobs and improve well-being in general. [2015]


Sustainable Development

National strategy for the creation and management of marine protected areas

French national strategy for the creation and management of marine protected areasThe current strategy specifies how France intends to expand its action to develop and manage the network of marine protected areas : objectives, geographical priorities, principles, etc. [2015]

 

Sustainable Development

KEY FIGURES ON CLIMATE: FRANCE AND WORLDWIDE

Report's coverThis publication, through its structure and choice of topics, aims to inform as wide a readership as possible about climate change, its mechanisms, causes and effects, as well as the international schemes that have been established to limit them.  [2015]


Sustainable Development

national low-carbon strategy (SNBC)

France - Low carbon strategyThe national low-carbon strategy (SNBC), established by the Energy Transition Act, defines how to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions at the national level. It orchestrates the implementation of the transition towards a low-carbon economy. [2015]



Sustainable Development

The 2030 agenda and sustainable development goals

France - The 2030 agenda and sustainable development goals"The sustainable development goals mark the beginning of a new era where humanity is called upon to respect its planet. Our roadmap is clear for the next 15 years and my Ministry will play a central role in implementing this program in France". Ségolène Royal [2015]



Sustainable Development

COP21 - The Paris Agreement and the financial stake

COp21 - The Paris Agreement and the financial stakeThe financial aspect is a critical part of negotiations in the lead-up to COP21 in Paris, which will set the overall framework for the fight against climate change in the post-2020 period. [2015]



Sustainable Development

Intelligent transport systems - the French experience

ITS - the French experienceA sector of excellence in France, intelligent transport systems and services (ITS) concern over one thousand companies.This document illustrates the main areas in which ITS can be applied, using examples of services or technologies developed by French companies. [2015]



Sustainable Development

A proposal to finance low carbon investment in Europe

France - proposal to finance low carbon investment in EuropeThis document proposes to make private low-carbon assets eligible for the ECB asset purchase program. The carbon impact of these assets would benefit from a public guarantee that would value their carbon externality at a level sufficient to compensate the absence of an adequate carbon price. This mechanism would immediately impact the investment decisions of private actors with a positive effect on growth. It would also strongly incite governments to progressively implement carbon pricing tools to ensure that the public backing of the value of the carbon assets remains neutral with respect to public budgets. [2015]

Sustainable Development

Positive energy regions for green growth - Priority actions

France - Green growthA call for projects, 200 positive energy regions for green growth, has been launched to accelerate concrete actions. [2015]





Sustainable Development

Landscape atlases

France: Landscape Atlas MethodThe European Landscape Convention, which came into force in France in 2006, requires us to identify and describe all of the landscapes that make up our country. As a pioneer in this field, and fully aware of the importance of the issues at stake, our country had already embarked on this process in the 1990s, by formalising just such a method: the "Landscape atlas method - identification and description" (Méthode pour des atlas de paysages, identification et qualification). Around twenty years after the publication of this initial method, and to take account of the lessons learned from these years of practical experience, the French Ministry for Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy decided to update it. [2015]

Sustainable Development

National strategy of ecological transition towards sustainable development 2015-2020: in a nutshell

France's strategy of ecological transition towards sustainable development 2015-2020The national strategy of ecological transition towards sustainable development (SNTEDD) 2015-2020 replaces the national sustainable development strategy 2010-2013 by setting us on a new path to sustainable development. The national strategy of ecological transition towards sustainable development ensures the consistency of public policies and facilitates people’s ownership. [2015]

Sustainable Development

The environment in France : Major trends

Report's coverWhat is the state of the environment ? How is it changing ? Thanks to monitoring and research, knowledge of the different environments has improved. Some monitoring indicators are positive thanks to technical progress, investment and the impetus created by regulations, incentive-led measures and behavioural change. The situation nonetheless remains a concern. [2015]

Sustainable Development

National public establishments under the supervision of the Ministry of Sustainable development

National public establishments under the supervision of the Ministry of Sustainable developmentThis document presents the 38 establishments or groups of establishments under the supervision of the Ministry of Sustainable development. [2015]




Sustainable Development

Disaster risk prevention

Report's coverFrench policy on managing disaster risks aims to make persons and property less exposed and less vulnerable and has three main objectives: to prevent damage, reduce its impact and then make good; to inform citizens in order for them to play a part in this management; to manage crises and disasters effectively when they occur. [2015]


Sustainable Development

Management Policy - FLOOD RISK - New strategy roll-out

Report's coverMain objectives of the national flood risk management strategy and their régional applications. [2015]




Sustainable Development

French national response plan to nuclear or radiological accidents

French national response plan to nuclear or radiological accidentsAfter the Fukushima nuclear accident, the French Government considered it imperative to reinforce the prevention and the emergency preparedness. The plan provides crisis actors with a mutual emergency preparedness and response framework. [2015]

Transport

Building the sky of the future  

French Civil Aviation Authority The Civil Aviation Authority (DGAC) is responsible for ensuring the safety and security of French air transport, as well as main taining a balance between development and environmental protection. On the one hand, the DGAC is a regula tory authority, but it also oversees safety, provides air navigation and training services and is a partner in the aeronautical sector. The DGAC is in charge of financial aid for research in aeronautical construction and state industrial policy in this sector. [2015]

Agriculture

Agroecology in France

Agroecology in FranceAgriculture around the world today faces multiple challenges and is obliged to change and adapt in response to them. Going forward, agriculture must move beyond conflicting views on growth models and ensure changes in agriculture and the agricultural and food-processing industries are part of a forward-looking approach. France launched its agroecology project in response to these issues in 2012. This is an ambitious, inspirational project that aims to shift agriculture towards the objective of combining economic, environmental and social performance. [2014]

Agriculture

THE AGROECOLOGY PROJECT

Report's coverThe agroecology project for France launched by Stéphane Le Foll on 18 December 2012 is a project aimed at channelling the dynamism of French agriculture. [2014]



Agriculture

Overview of agrifood industries

Report's coverKey facts about agrifood industries [2014]





Agriculture

DGAL in brief

Report's coverDGAL -Directorate General for Food- is a State service dedicated to public health and the quality of the environment. As such, it contributes to the development of economic sectors by fixing their operating rules. DGAL monitors the quality and safety of food at each stage of the food chain, from the raw materials necessary for growing plants and breeding of livestock to the moment the food is sold to the consumer. [2014]

Climate

How France’s development partnerships are meeting the challenge of climate change ? France and access to sustainable energy

Report's coverFrench development assistance in the energy sector is implemented within the framework of global strategies to combat poverty, promote green growth and protect global public goods. France supports an integrated and balanced approach to the three objectives of the SE4ALL Initiative. [2014]


Climate

How France’s development partnerships are meeting challenge of climate change ? Conservation and sustainable management of forests

Report's coverThe numerous and diverse actions of the French cooperation to support the conservation and the sustainable management of forests show the French commitment on the matter: governance, country planning, protected areas financing, information system. All these actions aim to tackle the environmental, social and economic challenges raised by forest areas. [2014]



Sustainable Development

ADEME's Strategy for Research, Developement and Innovation for 2014-2020 period

Report's coverADEME's support for research, development and innovation (RDI) is framed in keeping with French public energy and environmental policy, and in particular policies in favour of the energy transition. The RDI directions proposed under the 2014-2020 strategy, when implemented, are expected to contribute to attaining the 2030 and 2050 visions elaborated by ADEME as part of the preparatory work for energy transition legislation. In addition, the emergence of new technologies and services developed by French companies will reinforce the positive impacts of the energy transition on growth and employment. [2014]

Sustainable Development

CLIMATE AND ENERGY EFFICIENCY POLICIES

Report's coverThis document is the 2013 update of France's climate plan and reports on the most structuring actions implemented on a national level to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, in particular through efforts to improve energy efficiency. [2014]


Sustainable Development

National integrated coastline management strategy

Report's coverIntegrated coastline management takes into account the need to anticipate this management with suitable temporal and spatial dimensions, with a transversal approach to political policies. It also constitutes one of the components of the integrated sea and coastal zone management strategy and the national climate change adaptation plan. Implementation of the integrated coastline management strategy is based on shared responsibility between the State and local authorities. [2014]

Sustainable Development

THE FRENCH OFFER TO PROMOTE SUSTAINABLE CITIES AT INTERNATIONAL LEVEL

Report's coverThe promotion and the implementation of sustainable urban development at the international level is an essential feature in the ecological transition that is being undertaken by the public authorities. With this purpose in mind, they provide support for the structuring of a French sustainable city offer for export via the Strategic Orientation Committee for Eco-industries (COSEI).  [2014]

Sustainable Development

National Response Plan - Major Nuclear or Radiological Accidents

Report's coverThis plan sets out how emergency management is organized, the strategy to be implemented and themain measures to be taken by the French Government. [2014]


Transport

FREIGHT CABOTAGE TRANSPORT: THE FRENCH REGULATION

Report's coverFrance is at the heart of European freight transport networks making freight cabotage an issue of utmost importance. The adoption in 2009 of the so-called “Road package” permitted to find a balance between the markets opening and the longevity of the 40,000 French road haulage companies. The French Government has also decided to more strictly regulate, monitor and sanction the cabotage activities of non-resident companies in France. To maintain a level playing field, these new legal provisions are continually controlled and enforced by state authorities. [2014]

Transport

NATIONAL PORTS STRATEGY

Report's coverSince the implementation of the port reform in 2008 and the transfer of port operation to private operators, the reliability of French ports is now restored. The major seaports have the assets to be competitive against other main European ports. The State wishes to give France a prominent place in international trade by becoming an entry point or a hub of Europe and to contribute to industrial and economic development of France. It decided to define a roadmap for its port system, the National Ports Strategy. [2014]

Transport

NATIONAL STRATEGY FOR INTELLIGENT TRANSPORT SYSTEMS

Report's coverIntelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) take advantage of new Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) to pave the way for new mobility services. During the national conference held on February 11th, 2014, the Minister in charge of Transport launched the national strategy for ITS development called “Mobilité 2.0”. [2014]

Transport

PROMOTING SUSTAINABLE MOBILITY - CYCLING

Report's coverEconomic, friendly and modern, good for the planet but also for health, cycling thrives on French territory. Since the introduction of bike-sharing in cities, ecomobility adepts cycle more and more to commute, go shopping or wander during leisure time. All stakeholders are mobilised to meet the challenges of the sector and promote cycling. In 2014, France has decided to strengthen its support to active mobility by launching an action plan: 25 concrete measures to confirm bike as an efficient means of transport. [2014]

Transport

THE TRAMWAY REVIVAL IN FRANCE

Report's coverToday, the car is gradually making way for public transport systems and tramways have been experiencing a revival for several years now. Tramways have been making their mark over the years because they fit into the scheme of urban renewal, transport planning and environmental concerns. This is a political choice which is firmly rooted in the sustainable development ethos and enables planners to take a new approach to urban mobility and urbanisation projects. [2014]

Transport

TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT ON THE FRENCH ROAD NETWORK

Report's coverSince the 90s, the road network has been developed in order to connect areas, to open up the regions to Europe, to link the Channel and Atlantic coasts and major seaports to large cities and Europe, to answer the increase of traffic and to restrict the transit traffic in the capital region. The challenges of sustainable development have become a cornerstone of transport policy in France. [2014]


Sustainable Development

CLIMATE POLICY

Report's coverFrance is already one of the countries with the lower emissions per unit GDP and one of the developed countries with the lower emissions per capita. This is largely due to the fact that the electricity production is mainly nuclear and hydraulic and that the average consumption of vehicles is relatively low. Yet, France is aware of the way which has still to be achieved and it has set itself a goal of a four-fold reduction of its greenhouse gases emissions by 2050. [2013]

Sustainable Development

National Biodiversity Strategy

Report's coverThe National Biodiversity Strategy is the outcome of French commitments under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), ratified by France in 1994.
[2013]



Sustainable Development

SECOND ROADMAP FOR ECOLOGICAL TRANSITION

Report's coverThe organisation of an annual Environmental Conference was one of the French President's commitments. The fact that, like last year, it brought together the highest authorities of the French State and a large proportion of the Government, bears witness to the magnitude of the commitment to implementing ecological transition. [2013]

Sustainable Development

NATIONAL RADIOACTIVE MATERIALS AND WASTE MANAGEMENT PLAN 2013-2015

The National Radioactive Materials and Waste Management Plan (PNGMDR) draws up an inventory of management policy, assesses requirements and determines objectives for the future. The 2013-2015 PNGMDR continues with and expands on the actions initiated by the previous plan and stresses the need to develop overall industrial management systems and management methods for high-level and intermediate level, long-lived waste. [2013]

Sustainable Development

DISASTER RISK PREVENTION

Report's coverFrench policy on managing major hazards aims to make persons and property less exposed and less vulnerable and has three main objectives: to prevent damage, reduce its impact and then make good; to inform citizens in order for them to play a part in this management; to manage crises and disasters effectively when they occur. Planning taking account of hazards is necessary at all levels of Government and local authority decision making. [2013]