Wednesday, March 2, 2016

New technologies limit the relevance of the passage to … – Next INpact

The government is preparing to submit to Brussels a study highlighting the energy savings made possible by the passage in summer time are expected to decrease by 2030, due to new technologies. However, it is very unlikely that France reconsider the reform inherited from Giscard years

indéboulonnable, the traditional time change. – Which occurs every last weekend of March and October? This system established in 1976 in France, following the first oil shock rise in recent years of new criticism.

The time change in question

Joaquim Pueyo member will recently echoed, explaining through a written question “ negative consequences and disruption [this measure] would generate about individuals, animals and human activities ” grew more and more associations to demand a return to the meridian hour. These organizations’ report in particular the lack of evaluation of the public health system this time “, said the elected PS.

Asked to present facts to confirm the relevance of the transition to summer time, forty years after its deployment, the government has just returned to the Pueyo MP in support of a study conducted last year by the environment Agency and the energy efficiency (AD GMT ) – and clearly not yet made public

economies of. energy forecast to decrease by 2030

The result of this evaluation? A “ positive measurable impact ” on the air quality was first identified, “ including a decrease in concentrations of nitrogen dioxide and particulate matter ” . According to the Ministry of Ecology, the study confirms the other “ energy savings actually realized on the use of lighting and air conditioning use .” A gain “ the order of several hundred GWh repeated every year ” was measured, including 205 GWh for 2012.

For the future continues the executive, energy savings generated by the summer time arrangements are also confirmed by the assessment, but they will decrease by 2030 due to the penetration of technologies more efficient (LED lighting, cooling systems and efficient heating …) . “

Reporting in another register that the transition to summer time is far from approved unanimously by the French (according to a study of C RED OC dating from 2012, 40% of respondents wanted its maintenance, its 38% disappearance, saying the rest indifferent), the Ministry of Ecology announced that “ the French authorities are planning to bring this study [the aD GMT ] to the attention of the European Commission . ” Back on this reform, however, would report to the obstacle course, to the extent that it is now governed by a European directive “ no exceptions ” and a length “ unspecified . “

 Xavier Berne

Xavier Berne

Journalist specializing in legal and political issues.


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