French Aim for Energy Positive New Public Buildings

FRANCE could have all its new publicly-subsidised buildings 'energy positive’ if Minister for Ecology and Energy, Ségolène Royale, gets her wish.

According to EurActiv France Royale wants to include this initiative in the France’s energy transition bill (PLTE), which has already undergone repeated changes since it was first presented last June, now contains new objectives regarding construction, an issue already at the heart of French reform.

To be classed as energy positive a building must produce more energy than it consumes annually. Hence, it needs to be very energy efficient and well insulated, plus equipped with a means to generate electricity, such as localised wind power or solar panels.

There is a lot of work to be done for France to reach this goal, currently there are only 288 energy positive buildings in France.

EurActiv also report that the energy transition bill, the French government's flagship project for this five-year term, aims to see France reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2030, reduce its overall consumption of energy by 50% by 2050, compared to 2012, generate 32% of its energy from renewable sources by 2030 and bring down the share of energy produced by nuclear power stations to 50% by 2025.

Energy efficiency is certain to take centre stage is the country wishes to reach these ambitious targets,

Picture of Ségolène Royale by Marie-Lan Nguyen reproduced under CCL.

Wednesday 17th September 2014

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