French PM prepares ‘emergency law’ for climate, reducing Russian fuel

(EurActiv, 3 Jun 2022) New Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne is preparing an “emergency law” to tackle global warming and reduce France’s Russian fossil fuel dependence, she announced Thursday.

A “radical transformation of our production methods” is needed to achieve the goal of a “carbon-neutral France in 2050,” Borne told French newspaper Le Point in an interview, adding that the proposed law would help develop renewable energies and energy-efficient housing.

Reducing the country’s dependence on Russian energy is a matter of French “sovereignty”, Borne also said.

Her announcement echoes the European Commission’s energy independence plan, REPowerEU, which places the fight against climate change at the centre of its priorities, notably “through energy savings, diversification of energy supplies, and accelerated roll-out of renewable energy.”

But “increasing green taxation” remains out of the question as it would amount to opposing “the environment against the economy,” said Borne.

“French people no longer need to be convinced of the need to fight global warming […]. We must now provide them with concrete solutions,” she added.

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