Energy savings – Elisabeth Borne: “We can use the coming months to avoid power cuts. The goal is to reduce our energy consumption by 10% over the next 2 years”

18:02: The LFI MPs criticized the austerity plan presented by the government on Thursday, which “makes the French feel guilty”, proposing “ten emergency measures to get through the winter”, including freezing prices and super profits. “We question this government’s lack of anticipation and planning. The energy crisis began before the war in Ukraine”, pointed out the head of the group Mathilde Panot at a press conference.

She is outraged by a response to “a serious crisis” of “a Lépine contest about how to dress” and fears power cuts this winter. “Macron offers turtleneck sobriety, we offer private jet sobriety,” added his colleague Aurélie Trouvou.

In order to “guarantee access to energy for the greatest number”, the rebels want to “block the prices of gas and electricity, as well as the prices of a certain number of basic necessities”.

In order to “help the most insecure and begin a real division towards collective sobriety”, they, together with the leftist alliance Nupes, are advocating a tax on super profits.

These MEPs also favor “progressive energy pricing” with a free energy quota to cover basic needs and want to “restore regulated energy prices, especially for businesses and local communities”.

Among their package of measures is also a ban on “certain ultra-polluting activities” such as private jets, yachts and even luxury cars.

LFI MPs intend to “break the chaos of the energy market”. “The failure we have before our eyes is that of the market. Lack is Macron lack”, according to Matthias Tavel.

The government presented its “selected” sobriety plan on Thursday, drawn up with the main economic and daily life sectors: calling for less heating and less lighting, encouraging remote work in administrations or even financial incentives for carpooling. The plan is divided into dozens of initiatives, based on the voluntary participation of actors rather than coercion.

17:22: Elisabeth Borne takes the floor and assures “We have foreseen”. And the prime minister added that “sobriety is a necessity.”

“Effective sobriety is coordinated sobriety. It must come from expertise in the field and adapt to each individual sector,” says Elisabeth Borne. The Prime Minister reminds us of the goal: “Reduce our energy consumption by 10% over the next two years.”

“It is general mobilization that will produce results,” she explains. Before you continue: “Thanks to you, the sobriety plan presented today gives us a credible roadmap to achieve our goals.”

“We will publish our electricity and gas consumption every week. This will give us the opportunity, with the energy forecast, to see if we have reached our energy saving target,” Elisabeth Borne also indicated. And to add: “Degradability is an important lever to quickly get out of our dependence on fossil fuels.”

17:03: Agnès Pannier-Runacher assures us that it is “not a gadget plan”. “Energy sobriety is not about stopping living,” assured the minister for energy transition.

“We will never ask French people who are in a situation of enforced sobriety, who are unable to heat their homes with dignity, who count on refueling, etc., to save money”. She, “we have a responsibility” to remedy these situations, continues Agnès Pannier-Runacher, who declares that measures in this direction will be included in the financial law to “massify thermal renovation” in particular.

Before mentions the communication campaign, which will be launched on Monday to share the practice to be encouraged among individuals, with the slogan “I lower, I switch off, I switch”.

“We wanted to do a responsible, engaging campaign”, she assures with five simple movements: heating at a maximum of 19 degrees, a water heater at 55 degrees, switch off appliances on standby, change appliances outside of peak periods. and install a programmable thermostat.

4:49 p.m.: Clément Beaune confirms a bonus to encourage carpooling from January 1. He explains: “We are part of the problem, we must become part of the solution.” And the Transport Minister’s delegate to indicate: “We must change the uses by moving from the most polluting modes of transport to the least polluting modes of transport. The car represents 85% of our modes of transport today. We will introduce a bonus of “here January 1, 2023, thus that those who enter the carpool scheme have a financial advantage by doing so.

15:44: “There is an urgent need to act, the fight will not stop in the winter of 2022-2023,” Energy Transition Minister Agnès Pannier-Runacher declared in her speech launching the sobriety plan, calling for “general mobilization”. “The general mobilization must today allow us (in 2024) to achieve a 10% reduction in energy consumption”, compared to 2019, “the first step” to reach the 40% trajectory recommended for 2050 by climate experts, indicated Minister who emphasizes that for the winter “our collective action will allow us to avoid more restrictive measures”.

7:28: In its sobriety plan, the government will unveil “dozens of cost-cutting measures” on Thursday, including an incentive for remote work, a financial incentive for carpooling or even cutting off hot water in administrationsaccording to information from Le Parisien confirmed by the Ministry of Energy Transition.

For three hours, the government presents Thursday with great fanfare in the Paris Exhibition Center its battle plan for sobriety, the fruit of several months of work with all the country’s economic sectors.


– Shut-off of hot water in the toilets in the administration buildings, except in the showers.

– Heating at 19 degrees, or even 18 degrees at high voltage

– Encouragement to run your washing machine at night

– Shutting down water heaters at certain times

– Reduce heating in public buildings, for example under a bridge

– Incentivize telecommuting to limit travel with a 15% increase in telecommuting compensation for agents

– Encouragement to use the train and public transport

– An envelope of 150 million is released to carry out renovation works on buildings (insulation, installation of thermostats, replacement of light bulbs, etc.)

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