France is starting to take tough energy-saving measures in the event of a gas and energy shortage in Europe. Shops and department stores that use air conditioning or heating while they’re open will be fined each time. Additionally, illuminated advertising will end at midnight.
The French president announced the launch of an “energy sobriety” plan last month to tackle the current geopolitical crisis. The plan is taking shape and promises to cut energy consumption by 40% by 2050 as well as reduce energy consumption percentages up until 2024.
If your shop is open on Thursdays and Sundays, it will be subject to a fine of up to 750 euros if heating or air conditioning is on.
Two decrees were released today that regulate the amount of fines retailers will have to pay. The first made it illegal for retail spaces to remain open while using air conditioning or heating. It was also announced that, after dark, illuminated advertising will be banned except at train stations and airports.
Municipal ordinances came up with open-air-conditioned doors that waste energy. They already did it, Paris.
From now until the end of the month, Lyon residents will be fined 150 euros for littering.
France could face a supply shortage if Russia reduces its gas supply since it relies on other sources for 70% of its electricity generation. Nuclear power plants provide an even greater percentage at more than half the country’s facilities, with those figures much more recent and reliable. With European solidarity in the event that Russian deliveries stop, France knows it will have to work with other countries when this happens.
Energy policy in France is full of contradictions. The goal of their political party is for the country to use more renewable energy sources such as wind power, but civil resistance to windmills is strong due to issues with land-based installations and offshore installations. Because it’s not well understood that to counter inflation, the government directly subsidizes gasoline and diesel at 18 cents per liter instead of applying a price index. This can make reconciling environmental conservation needs with social justice needs difficult.