In the midst of a health crisis linked to the coronavirus, Medef is demanding from the government “a moratorium” on environmental measures.
In full coronavirus health crisis, Medef requests “a moratorium” on the implementation of environmental measures, in particular in the fight against waste and recycling, according to a letter published Thursday by the Sunday Journal (JDD).
In this letter dated April 3, addressed to the Minister of Ecological Transition Elisabeth Borne and signed by its president Geoffroy Roux de Bézieux, “Medef calls for a moratorium on the preparation of new energy and environmental provisions”, linked to the law on the fight against waste and the circular economy.
This law provides in particular for the creation of new polluter pays sectors, the prohibition for large surfaces or online platforms to destroy unsold unsold products in 2022 or the elimination of plastic containers in fast food in 2023.
For the main employers’ organization, given the crisis linked to the coronavirus, it is “essential to consider postponing (…) the deadlines for applying the law in order to guarantee full participation of companies in the preparation texts on the circular economy “.
Impacts on the energy sector
For Medef, “the publication of the Multiannual Energy Programming (PPE) and the National Low Carbon Strategy (SNBC) must be postponed” because of its “very significant impact on the energy markets and players and of the climate “.
The organization still wants “a moratorium of the order of six months”, to protect the automotive industry, concerning a draft decree which requires the establishment of low emission zones (ZFE), in case of recurring exceedance of standards regarding air quality.
Air pollution, caused in particular by road traffic, is responsible for 48,000 deaths per year in France.
“This list of texts in preparation is not exhaustive, it seems appropriate to ask the question of the relevance of a systematic moratorium on all the texts currently being drafted”, according to the letter.
For the Ministry of Ecological Transition, contacted by AFP about this letter, “calendar adjustments are possible on a case-by-case basis to take into account the confinement period”. But “there is no logic of moratorium, there is no questioning of the objectives and ecological measures of the government”, assure the services of Mrs. Borne.
The PEP was adopted on Thursday after much delay. The implementing decree on the EPZs is expected in June, specifies the ministry.