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Ecological planning is necessary to “protect purchasing power,” says Elisabeth Borne

Ecological planning is necessary to “protect purchasing power,” says Elisabeth Borne

Although the increase in prices is at the center of concerns at the beginning of the school year, Prime Minister, Elisabeth Borne, defended, on Tuesday, September 19, ecological planning, which she considers necessary to “protect purchasing power”.

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“Some fear that the ecological transition is synonymous with a fall in purchasing power. On the contrary, it is the absence of transition that would lead to it, because we would be eternally subject to price shocks and, therefore, purchasing power. stated the Prime Minister before the National Council for Refoundation. “Therefore, protecting purchasing power means phasing out fossil fuels, renovating homes, and relocating. It’s about controlling electricity costs. (…) In a word, it is ecological planning.” added the head of government.

Agriculture, biodiversity, construction, energy, industry, transportation, communities: Mme El Borne detailed the distribution of the additional 10 billion euros that will be committed to the ecological transition, seven of which will be spent in 2024.

Request for “much more concrete” measures

An issue of tension, the question of the relationship between ecology and purchasing power, was addressed at the meeting held on this matter with political parties on Monday in Matignon. Several party leaders have called for “very strong regulation” of the price of electricity, according to Matignon.

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“The poorest households (…) “They are the ones that pollute the least, but those that are the most impacted by pollution” and who “They are the least prepared to face this transition” Noam Leandri, president of the Alerte collective, which brings together thirty-four associations that fight against poverty, stressed at the end of the CNR. Ask for measurements “much more concrete” in his favor.

Community representatives requested “adapted media” to this transition, reported, by the Association of Rural Mayors, Yvan Lubraneski, while, by the U2P (Union of Local Companies), Michel Picon asked for “time” for the adapter.

In July, the government postponed the presentation of this roadmap, notably due to unrest and reorganization. He promises a plan “very specific” and “very operational” with the purpose of “being at the European meeting” of the 55% reduction of net greenhouse gas emissions in 2030, compared to 1990, and of “Project towards carbon neutrality in 2050”.

Emmanuel Macron will speak on the subject on Monday, before the presentation, on September 27 in the Council of Ministers, of the draft budget for 2024.

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