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84 business leaders call for 'organised' energy sobriety


These leaders, including the CEO of EDF, want to integrate the “circular economy, usage economy, relocation, regeneration of biodiversity” into the heart of corporate strategy.


Moving from emergency sobriety to organized sobriety

": 84 business leaders, many of whom belong to the social and solidarity economy or to associations, want "

sometimes to do less, to always do better

", according to a tribune published in the Journal du Dimanche.

Among the signatories are also some leaders of large structures such as Jean-Bernard Lévy of EDF, Hélène Bernicot of Crédit Mutuel Arkéa and Pascal Demurger of the insurer MAIF.

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Sustainable sobriety will necessarily go through fair value sharing and long-term integration within the company, and therefore through changes in governance

", states the text.

Call to reduce consumption

Last Sunday, the bosses of the three French energy companies TotalEnergies, EDF and Engie had called on the French to immediately reduce their consumption of fuel, oil, electricity and gas in the face of the risk of shortage threatening "

social cohesion

" next winter .


This call was aimed at individuals and businesses alike, but remained limited to energy consumption.

The call of the 84 leaders goes further by wanting to integrate at the heart of the strategy of the companies the "

approaches of circular economy, economy of use, relocation, regeneration of biodiversity, or even alignment of reductions company's carbon with the Paris agreement

" on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

According to the authors of the forum, “

organized economic sobriety is a way of not placing the weight of the transition on the most disadvantaged


They hope

to “change our global model of competitiveness

” in order to “

finally get companies out of a perpetual contradictory injunction

” between financial objectives on the one hand, climatic and social objectives on the other.

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Finally, they affirm that they will propose this “

collective choice

” on August 30 during “

Summer Universities for the economy of tomorrow

” in Paris.

This forum will be held separately, but concomitantly, from the summer university of the first French employers' organization, the Medef, renamed Rencontre des entrepreneurs de France (REF).

Source: lefigaro

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