Ségolène Royal has presented a bill to the Council of Ministers that aims to construct a new French energy model: a major bill of the five-year term which sets clear objectives and establishes operational tools as well as simple and effective aids to lower France and the French people's energy bill and to combat global warming.
Combating global warming and reducing France's energy bill, which amounts to over €65 billion, is an opportunity to combat unemployment through green growth, to develop new technologies, to conquer new markets in the field of renewable energy, clean transport and energy efficiency, and to improve the competitiveness of businesses.
The bill will also make it possible to increase social progress through a better quality of life and health and to lower the country and household's energy bill thanks to energy savings in construction and transport.
An involvement of all the stakeholders based on two pillars:
1) Energy savings, notably thanks to the insulation of buildings and of 500,000 homes per year, a project that will benefit the housing sector and the circular economy, which transforms waste into raw materials.
The bill mobilises resources that will accelerate and extend the renovation works on housing and buildings to save energy, lower bills and create employment. New constructions of public buildings will set an example in terms of energy and, wherever possible, positive energy. Local authorities will have access to a new "green growth loan" from the Caisse des Dépôts to finance these projects. Based on the idea of a single point of service, the energy renovation platforms will become widespread and will offer "works handbooks": advice, audits and financing. Households will benefit from a strengthened tax advantage (30%) for all thermal renovation works. Local authorities will benefit from loans from the Caisse des dépôts while BPIFrance will intervene among businesses. Social electricity and gas tariffs will be extended to all energies thanks to the energy voucher.
2) The development of renewable energy resources, which are abundant in all of our territories, in mainland France and in the overseas collectivities.
Positive energy territories will be encouraged through the launch of a call for applications to approve 200 projects aimed at inter-communal bodies.
Ségolène Royal is calling on French people to share their opinions and suggestions on the interactive website created by the Ministry: Votre énergie pour la France.