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Ecological transition file 3/5

The President of the Republic presented the country’s future roadmap in the field of reducing greenhouse gases. The CFDT urged the government to open a democratic debate on the financing of the ecological transition, specifying that this requires a fair distribution of efforts.

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For a fair ecological transition 1/5

Let’s give ourselves the means to finance our energy and climate strategy 2/5

A democratic debate on the financing of the just ecological transition 3/5

The Green Sentinels at the service of the just ecological transition 4/5 will be published on Wednesday 14 February

Questions for Fabien Guimbretière, CFDT head of sustainable development policy 5/5, will be published on Thursday, February 15

The president’s road map

On September 25, the President of the Republic presented the country’s future roadmap in reducing greenhouse gases, at the end of an Ecological Planning Council organized at the Élysée. He first mentioned the triple challenge of “climate disruption and its consequences, the collapse of biodiversity and the end of abundance”. Challenges that he wants to combine with the necessary increase in French sovereignty, the reindustrialization of the country and the protection of the weakest.

He then explained the philosophy of the French plan to reduce greenhouse gases, designed in recent months by the General Secretariat for Ecological Planning: reducing our dependence on fossil fuels, total elimination of coal for our electricity production by January 1 2027, creation of 13 metropolitan RERs, development of electric cars and thermal renovation of buildings. A few days earlier the Prime Minister had announced: “The first step is to reduce our emissions by 55% by 2030 compared to 1990 to meet the European Green Deal [Pacte vert européen. NDLR]. »

For the CFDT it is “There is now an urgent need to proceed with operational implementation. This requires involving all stakeholders. » The Confederation believes that democratic planning of ecological transformation is the prerequisite for laying the foundation for its social and economic acceptability. As a result, the energy transition must combine frugality, energy efficiency and decarbonization with an energy mix, accelerate investments in the circular economy and take into account the management and processing of nuclear energy waste.

“Workers are on the front lines of the consequences of ecological transformation. They are also accelerators because they are involved in the decisions that affect them. Moving from ecological planning to operational implementation requires anticipating the consequences, planning the actions to be implemented and articulating the economic, social and environmental issues. This requires rapid participation in social dialogue at all levels: companies, establishments, territories, with coordination at national level. This is the condition for a just ecological transition”means CFDT.

Redistribution in favor of the most vulnerable households

The debate about sources of financing is in full swing: reduce certain expenses to free up new resources? Taking on more debt? Increase taxes? To what extent should these levers be activated? How can economic actors, companies and households, access resources to finance their transformations and adjustments? How can we mobilize savings and focus them on the most impactful projects and maintain the competitiveness of our economy? “The ecological challenges are enormous. This requires a fair distribution of efforts”declares the CFDT.

It specifies that all CO2 tax revenues at national and European level must include investments in the transition (research and innovation, housing renovation, transport infrastructure, energy efficiency of businesses), support for households to change and compensation for the most vulnerable households finance. and those most exposed to the transition. This implies a strong redistribution, especially to low-income households that are most vulnerable to the transition, even if they emit less CO2.

The Confederation urged the government to open a democratic debate on the financing of the just ecological transition, to develop a multi-year path in this area and to initiate a tax reform. But if social justice is to be translated into economic terms and purchasing power, it must also be translated into terms of jobs, job quality, skills, working and living conditions. “This is the prerequisite for a successful ecological transformation. It’s urgent! »proclaims the CFDT.

Anthology of climate actions

The CFDT Retraités Métropole Lille organized a conference to make its members aware of climate change. In the presence of 55 participants, an IPCC advisor urged sustainable energy and energy austerity. A representative of the Regional House for Environment and Solidarity highlighted the challenges that make it possible, through small gestures, to limit energy and water consumption at home, to move towards zero waste or to use the bicycle more.

In Finistère, six activists from the local CFDT Retraités proposed a reflection on the climate before the Covid-19 crisis. Their work of clearing the press and scientific documentation resulted in a publicly accessible presentation with slideshow support intended for the retirees’ union chapters and the local retirees’ unions in the department. A few hundred people benefited from it.

The CFDT Retraités du Doubs took advantage of the confinement period to organize a cycle on mobility via videoconference. More recently, following the consequences of the war in Ukraine, she organized a day on the existing heating networks around Besançon, including theoretical and field visits, to which she invited members of the Pact of the Power to Live.

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