France wants to prevent manufacturers from producing less

Roland Lescure, Minister Delegate in charge of Industry, at the end of August. SARAH MEYSSONNIER/REUTERS

Energy savings will have to focus on logistics and premises, in order to preserve production.

The objective is clearly announced. “Industry is a big consumer of energy. But it is a sector that we want to preserve as much as possible since behind each energy consumption, there is employment and activity.explained Roland Lescure, the Minister Delegate in charge of Industry, after a meeting with the entire sector on Wednesday 7 September.

It was a question of taking stock of the sobriety plan of the industrialists, while the winter promises to be tense in terms of electricity and energy. The government has set a target of reducing energy consumption by 10% over two years. “The sobriety plan is our best weapon to avoid having to activate restrictive measures”said Agnès Pannier-Runacher, Minister for Energy Transition.

“Today, manufacturers are paying the bill full pot”

Each economic sector must present a roadmap to achieve this objective. Industry too, but with specific treatment in order to preserve activity. “It’s about saving money…

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