Civil servants soon subject to energy sobriety
The “end of abundance” must translate very concretely into the daily lives of the 5.6 million civil servants. Public Service Minister Stanislas Guerini and several unions sketched out the first ways to reduce energy consumption in the administration on August 26, before the presentation of a complete plan expected at the end of September. Invited on Friday morning on Cnews to detail his areas of work in terms of energy sobriety, while the government aims to reduce energy consumption by 10% by 2024, Mr. Guerini notably cited “mobility, buildings, energy and gas supply”. A reflection has also begun on the issues of mobility and teleworking.
“Can we imagine that on a given day, we could have agents telework to be able to close a building, not heat it, light it?” Asked the minister. A track which irritated the Solidaires FP union (6th union), for which the minister “now proposes that the agents pay the bills instead of the State”, by making them work from their home.
Stanislas Guerini was speaking almost two months after the launch of the “Exemplary State” working group, which brings together the administration, the unions, experts and energy specialists to find levers for reducing energy consumption. As part of this consultation, several representative organizations were received this week and others are invited in the coming days by the administration. At the same time, separate working groups have been launched by the government with representatives of companies, supermarkets or local authorities, around the same objective of sobriety. As far as administration is concerned, a complete plan is announced for the end of September.
As of Friday, the Unsa FP union put forward a series of proposals on its site. The fourth public service union insists in particular on the need to involve agents in discussions, and to train them in “the major issues of ecological transition, eco-responsibility, climate change and the interest of energy sobriety” . Among its long list of proposals, Unsa suggests in particular increasing the number of agents in charge of ecological transition and the budget allocated to this mission. The union also calls for a revision of the public procurement code “in order to promote local production, respect for the environment and energy consumption”, and pleads for the renovation and insulation of public buildings.
Contacted by AFP, the CFDT (2nd union) for its part insisted on the importance of a “positive discourse”. “Sobriety is not rationing,” hammered its secretary general Mylène Jacquot, who invites the state to provide sufficient financial means. If teleworking were to be reinforced, the representative of the CFDT pleads to revalue the daily allowance, currently set at 2.5 euros, a sum defined “before the significant increases in energy costs”.
At the end of July, Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne sent a circular to the members of her government, in which she asked them to initiate “immediately large-scale measures aimed at reducing energy consumption and accelerating the exit from fossil fuels. “. More specifically, the document rules out the use of air conditioning below 26°C and recommends not turning on the heating in the administration buildings above 19°C. On the mobility side, carpooling, cycling or the acquisition by the State of a fleet of “very low emission” vehicles are also mentioned.
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