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Climate change solidarity package: four concrete measures for low-income households

Four important measures are part of the solidarity dimension of the Climate Plan and form what Nicolas Hulot calls the "Climate change solidarity package".
The new ecological tax is aimed at the whole of society. To avoid penalising those who have been placed at an impasse by the system over the past few decades, the Minister for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition, Nicolas Hulot, has taken on 19 September 2017 a set of measures for the poorest households.
For Nicolas Hulot, changes in habits are not sufficient to reduce our carbon footprint significantly. It must be possible to invest in other equipment. For this reason, the Minister is seeking to help a number of households, especially the most vulnerable, to reduce their footprint through four measures in the "climate change solidarity package":
  1. A vehicle conversion premium to facilitate the large-scale transition of the French vehicle fleet: from 2018, this premium (€1000) will change to be extended to all French owners of petrol driven vehicles entering the market before 1997, or diesel vehicles prior to 2006, who buy a new or more recent used car (Crit’air vehicle stickers 1 and 2). It will be doubled to €2000 for households falling below the tax threshold. Regarding the purchase of electric cars, the conversion premium will be €2500 and will be combined with the €6000 bonus maintained by the Government.  
  2. The "energy cheque", previously tested in four départements, will be extended to include the whole of France and will make it possible to help 4 million low-income households (less than €7,500 for a single person and less than €16,100 for a couple with two children) to pay their energy bills and for energy retrofit works, for an average annual amount of €150 per household in 2018. This amount will be increased by €50 in 2019, rising to €200 / year on average. 
  3. The tax credit for energy transition (CITE), which in particular provides funding for insulation work in homes, will be converted into a premium from 2019 so that it can be paid directly to those households using it once the work is complete, and more the following year, as has been the case until now. For 2018, the CITE will continue and its scope tailored to the most efficient energy saving measures.
  4. "Energy saving certificates" will enable the poorest households to benefit from assistance of up to €3000 to replace their old fuel boiler with one that uses renewable energy. 
With the Climate Plan, the Government is strengthening France’s commitments to tackling climate change by mobilising the whole of society and its citizens. "The fight against climate change must become much larger in scale and be irreversible. The Government will adopt a series of measures to ensure public action fully incorporates the objectives of the Paris Agreement and to involve all citizens in the mobilisation required for the Climate Plan to succeed", Nicolas Hulot declared.