On the occasion of the signature, on 22 July, of 100 new positive energy territories agreements for green growth, the Ministry of Ecology published a new brochure entitled "La France exemplaire. Les territoires en action": 32 pages covering the main actions of these labelled territories.
Afrance will host and chair the 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21/CMP11) from 30 November to 11 December next. This deadline is crucial: it must lead to the adoption of a first universal and binding climate agreement to keep the global temperature below 2°C. France will have to play a leading role at the international level to bring points of view closer together and facilitate the search for a UN consensus.
France has embarked on an ambitious energy transition policy. The law on energy transition for green growth and the accompanying action plans are intended to enable France to contribute more effectively to the fight against climate change and to strengthen its energy independence by better balancing its various sources of supply, particularly in terms of :
- Reduction of energy consumption in the building and public space
- Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and transport pollution
- Development of the circular economy and sustainable waste management
- Local renewable energy production
- Preservation of biodiversity, protection of landscapes and promotion of sustainable urban planning
- Promotion of environmental education, eco-citizenship and mobilization of local actors.
A positive energy territory is a territory of excellence in the energy and ecological transition. The community is committed to reducing the energy needs of its inhabitants, buildings, economic activities, transport and leisure. It proposes a global program for a new development model, more sober and more economical.
On 9 February 2015, Ségolène Royal designated 212 winning territories as eligible for financial support for their actions in favour of energy transition. In concrete terms, the Minister signed agreements to trigger the financing of the commitments, with each territory receiving 500,000 euros.