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The CFDT calls for a debate on the energy transition


For several months, the CFDT has been working on energy issues and sharpening its arguments, with a view to a major debate on the subject that it wishes to see organized quickly. “The energy transition can only take place if it is accepted by everyone, and we must stop contrasting the end of the world with the end of the month”, explains Dominique Bousquenaud, the general secretary of the chemistry-energy branch.

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The plant thus presented, on Wednesday March 2, a certain number of proposals to be implemented for what it calls a “just transition” aiming for a 56% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2030 compared to 1990.

Build new nuclear reactors

This requires first, according to the CFDT, by the significant reduction of fossil fuels, the parallel increase in power of renewables, but also the maintenance of a nuclear fleet, a solution deemed essential, in the context of the increase in electricity consumption, due to new uses and the reindustrialisation of the country.

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The union calls for the construction of eight to ten EPR reactors by 2050. “This is the minimum necessary to have a controllable energy base, but it is the maximum that the sector can build”, estimates Christophe Béguinet, the energy adviser of the CFDT.

The trade union center is also counting on a massive electrification of the car fleet, a drop in road transport and an increase in freight, rail and river. For housing, the CFDT asks that the 3 million households still heated by fuel oil be quickly offered an alternative, such as heat pumps.

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More economical behaviors

The other important aspect of reducing the carbon footprint is based on greater sobriety. It is essential, assures the union, while being very careful on the subject. ” Sobriety must be chosen and must not be achieved by reducing the comfort of life for the French “says Dominique Bousquenaud. The movement of yellow vests has left its mark.

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In the CFDT scenario, industry and agriculture would be very moderately involved, in the name of employment. There remains the adoption of more responsible behavior, with probably less travel due to the increased use of telework. Individual mobility would thus fall by 5%.

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