first measures put on the table

As part of the sobriety plan, a new working group, dedicated to sports, was launched on Tuesday.

After the State, businesses, supermarkets, housing, digital and local authorities, it was this Tuesday the turn of floor sport on energy sobriety measures. As part of the plan announced by the government last June, the first meeting of the working group « sports», around ministers Agnès Pannier-Runacher (Energy Transition) and Amélie Oudéa-Castéra (Sports and Olympics).

Bringing together experts and actors and representatives of the sports world, “the meeting made it possible to discuss several ways to sustainably reduce the sector’s energy consumption, but also occasionally in the event of tension on our gas and electricity networks“Said the Ministries of Sports and Energy Transition on Wednesday in a press release.

Some commitments have even been made. « Professional sport is already committed to lowering heating and air conditioning in club facilities, hospitality areas and training centers“, say the two ministries. The sports hallsindoor», for their part, have made a quantified commitment to lower the temperature from 20°C to 18°C. Finally, the modulation of heating in gymnasiums was mentioned by some players.

Towards free transport on match days?

In terms of lighting, the ministries ensure that will soon be offered by TV broadcasters and professional sport « measures to rationalize lighting before, during and after events« . No mention is made, however, in the minutes of the meeting, of the cancellation of evening matches this winter, for the sake of saving lighting. A track however mentioned by Amélie Oudéa-Castéra at the end of July, but which therefore no longer really seems to have the favors of the executive.

On the transport side, several measures have already been taken. The ministries notably announced that the professional clubs would « get closer to communities to move towards free public transport on match days« , as well as « to initiate the installation of bicycle parking near sports grounds« . The sports federations will also launch an action “to promote carpooling and raise awareness of cycling for journeys of less than 5 km for energy and public health reasons« .

With regard to swimming pools and ice rinks, which consume a lot of energy, work is currently being carried outto find solutions to reduce consumption while preserving sporting and economic activity« . The national association of elected sports officials (Andes) claims for its part « the immediate suspension of the obligation of annual emptying of swimming pools“And wrote to this effect on August 9 to the Ministry of Sports, which sent him back to the Regional Health Agencies (ARS).

As for the six other working groups, the results of this consultation and the proposals selected will be announced « by the end of September“Said the two ministries. All of these action plans should make it possible to reduce France’s energy consumption by 10% by 2024, the government’s stated objective.

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