Air pollution: France transmits its roadmaps to Brussels

The Government indicated on Saturday that air pollution roadmaps were being transmitted to the European Commission as required by the State Council.

The Ministry of Transport Ecological transition brought together the 14 roadmaps, the elements of which will be forwarded to the European Commission as planned, he told AFP adding that they would be made public next week.

The high court had summoned in July the executive to act against air pollution, responsible for nearly 50,000 premature deaths annually

The State Council, seized by the association Friends of the Earth, enjoined the Prime Minister and the Minister for Ecological Transition to take, "in the shortest possible time", "all necessary measures" to reduce PM10 (less than or equal to 10 microns diameter) and nitrogen dioxide (NO2) ) below the permissible limit values, in all areas where they were still exceeded in 2015.

 Pollutant emissions in the European Union (AFP - Simon MALFATTO)

Pollutant emissions in the European Union (AFP – Simon MALFATTO)

This was the case in twelve agglomerations and regions for nitrogen dioxide (including Paris, Lyon, Marseille, Grenoble, Strasbourg or Toulouse), and three for particles (Paris, Rhône-Alpes and Martinique). The government had until the end of March, Saturday, to transmit to the European Commission its detailed roadmaps, after having delivered mid-February the "main elements."

France is, with eight other countries of the Union, threatened with being sent to European courts for breaches of air pollution

Paris is subject to infringement proceedings by the Commission both for dépassemen ts in fine particles (PM10) and nitrogen dioxide (NO2).

Brussels presents its action plan on green finance

The European Commission presented Thursday its action plan to encourage green finance in Europe, a subject dear to French President Emmanuel Macron

Objective: to give new rules to European finance allowing the Union to take the lead on the implementation of the Paris climate agreement, signed in 2015, which aims to contain rising temperatures on our planet.

It is estimated that it would take about 180 billion euros d additional investment per year for the EU to achieve the 2030 targets set at the Paris Summit, including a 40% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.

This topic will be discussed at of a major conference in Brussels, attended by President Macron, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and UN Special Envoy for Climate Action Michael Bloomberg on the morning of a summit eur opean, March 22.

This plan presented Thursday by the Vice-Presidents of the European Commission, Valdis Dombrovksis and Jyrki Katainen announces a series of legislative actions until the end of 2019. With, in the first place, the launch of a work on a unified classification system to define the areas in which sustainable investments can have the greatest impact

In May, the Commission will make a legislative proposal defining "the principles and scope" of this typology, which It will then have to be adopted by the 28 EU Member States and the European Parliament.

In addition, the EU executive proposes in particular to create EU labels for green financial products, to clarify the obligation to Asset managers and institutional investors take into account sustainability aspects in the investment process.

This plan of the European executive intervenes just over a month after the publication of a report of a hundred pages, concocted by twenty experts chaired by Christian Thimann, special advisor to the president of the insurer French AXA

"It retains 80% of the proposals (of the report) but there remains a fuzziness, especially on the issue of transparency, which must imperatively be quickly lifted, because it is a prerequisite for the implementation of commitments, "Pascal Canfin, Director-General of WWF France, told AFP.