Climate law: the High Council regrets “delays” and “reduced scope”


The measures of the text “Climate and Resilience”, the main tool for deploying the proposals of the Citizen’s Convention for the Climate (CCC), “go in the right direction but the bill does not offer sufficient strategic scope”, summarized the president of the HCC.

Many measures of the bill resulting from the proposals of the Citizen’s Climate Convention are marked by a “reduced range», Regretted Tuesday the High Council for the Climate (HCC).

The measures of the “Climate and Resilience” text, the main tool for deploying the proposals of the Citizen’s Climate Convention (CCC), “are going in the right direction but the bill does not offer enough strategic scope“, Summarized the president of the HCC, Corinne Le Quéré, during a press conference. As in its previous opinions on the recovery plan, 5G or housing, the independent evaluation body created by Emmanuel Macron is not kind to the government’s climate policy, highlighting the gap between the reduction target 40% greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 (compared to 1990) and the measures taken to achieve it.

A high proportion (of the measures in the bill) sees its scope reduced by a limited or even occasional scope of application, lengthened implementation deadlines or many conditions associated with their application.”, Estimates the new report published Tuesday. In his sights, the ban on advertising limited to fossil fuels and not “to a set of goods and services clearly incompatible with the transition»(SUV, certain food products …). Or the ban on domestic flights if there is a direct rail link of less than 2:30, a limit “much too low»(10% of air traffic in 2019).

“France is late”

As for the building sector (nearly 20% of emissions), the bill provides for a ban on the rental of “thermal strainers“. But the measures “do not apply to owner occupiers“(58% of colander occupants in 2018) and”do not provide for progressive extension to other energy classes“, Worries the HCC. He therefore pleads for the establishment of a “renovation obligation trajectoryExtending until 2050, the date the government aims to achieve carbon neutrality.

While the current decade is “crucial“To put in place structural reforms compatible with climate objectives, the bill represents”missed opportunities to pick up the pace“Of the ecological transition, insisted Corinne Le Quéré, stressing that”France is lateIn the objectives it has set for itself. Thus, the first 2015-2018 carbon budget was not respected – the State has also just been recognized responsible for breaches by the administrative justice. CO2 emissions have fallen on average by 1.2% per year over the last five years, but “the current drive to reduce emissions is still insufficient“, Warned the HCC.

Meeting of the Climate Convention on Friday

The High Council thus invites “shorten and clarify the time horizon“Of certain measures and”to broaden“Those having”a structuring potential so that they relate to significant volumes of issues“. The government assured in its impact study that the Climate law would allow “to secure“Between half and two-thirds of the target for reducing emissions by 2030. But the HCC report points to a“lack of transparency on the methods and assumptions used“In the study and”some inconsistencies in assessments“.

The very name of the future law does not find favor in his eyes. The term “resilience“Specifically refers to adaptation to the impacts of climate change, a section”extremely limited”In the text (2 specific measures out of the 69 articles).

The 150 citizens of the Climate Convention are meeting from Friday for their last session intended to assess the executive’s response to their 149 proposals, including this bill.

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