Ecology or the wallet, a recurring dilemma. After several figures of the majority criticized his position, Bruno Le Maire went back on his statements of the day before, concerning the ban on the rental of housing considered as "thermal sieves".
Asked by the readers of Le Parisien about the impossibility for some owners of G classified housing to carry out the work before January 1, 2025 to continue renting them, the Minister of the Economy replied to be against "punitive ecology" and that "everything that was decided before the rise in rates deserves to be looked at again in the light of this crisis". "What was possible when money was available, becomes impossible with such high rates," he added. He said he was in favour "in a personal capacity" of reopening the debate.
This interview was conducted on September 22 at Bercy, three days before the announcement of ecological planning by President Emmanuel Macron. The ban on renting thermal strainers is provided for in the "Climate and Resilience" law of 2021, setting January 1, 2025 as the limit for housing classified "G" and 2028 for those classified "F" by the new energy performance diagnosis (DPE).
"It is not a question of changing the timetable as it has been determined, it is simply a question of thinking about how we can be simpler and clearer for our compatriots. Everyone knows that the ban on the rental of so-called G + strainers is already underway, but everyone also knows that it poses a number of problems to condominiums, "rectified this Wednesday the minister, at the press conference presenting the 2024 budget.
"We must not refer to St. Glinglin's Day, (...) it is a trajectory that we have taken that is important and we must not give up, "had defended a little earlier the president of the National Assembly Yaël Braun-Pivet (Renaissance) on France 2.
Yaël Braun-Pivet responds to @_EvaSas who pointed out the limits of the policy of "at the same time" in terms of ecology. #Les4V pic.twitter.com/4RNSMxImGC
— Telematin (@telematin) September 27, 2023
Similarly, the chairman of the Committee on Sustainable Development, Jean-Marc Zulesi, and MP Pierre Cazeneuve said they refused to postpone. "The challenge must not be to retreat but to accelerate." "We need accompanying measures but also binding measures," Zulesi told AFP.
"Let's not postpone our goals, let's accelerate!"
"The building is 45% of energy consumption and nearly 30% of greenhouse gas emissions," recalled on X (ex-Twitter) Cazeneuve, recalling that the draft budget for 2024, presented on Wednesday, provided for "4 billion euros for renovation". "Let's not postpone our goals, let's accelerate!" he said.
And we are very unfavorable.
The building accounts for 45% of energy consumption and nearly 30% of GHG emissions. This is the most important fight to be fought.
With €4 billion for renovation in the next budget, let's not postpone our objectives, let's accelerate! https://t.co/uZOt8MR9Qh
— Pierre Cazeneuve (@PierreCazeneuve) September 26, 2023
Very dissatisfied, the new ecologist senator Yannick Jadot mocked on X (ex-Twitter) the "French ecology" advocated by Emmanuel Macron and the postponements already announced "of the closure of coal-fired power plants, the ban on glyphosate". Same anger for the deputy Insoumise of Yvelines William Martinet who sees it "a gift to multiowners. A nightmare for tenants. One of macronia's worst ecological renunciations."
Conversely, the boss of the senators LR Bruno Retailleau welcomed this possibility. "This is an absolutely salutary awareness because we are going down the wrong road and going into the wall," he said on Europe 1-Cnews. He added that "young couples can no longer access homeownership. When we talk about inflation, the first budget of a household is more than 40% of the expenses for housing. So of course we have to try to postpone this calendar," he said.
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On France Info, the president of Pap (former site From particular to particular) Corinne Jolly judged that it was "impossible to renovate five million homes by 2028" because "there are a lot of topics to deal with". Between the sums to be committed, the difficulties in finding companies and materials and urban planning rules, only 100,000 homes "are really renovated" each year, on average. And banning the rental of energy strainers will terribly strain the rental market, already complicated. Unless the schedule is spread out, she says the law will not be enforced.
#Passoiresthermiques: "The law will not be respected," says the president of the real estate site PAP via @franceinfo
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— PAP.fr - Private to Private (@pap_fr) September 27, 2023