The French administrative court ordered, on Thursday (14), that the State must “correct” its gap in relation to the commitments made to reduce greenhouse gases, which represents a new decision against the government in this area.
The Paris Administrative Court agreed with four NGOs that, in what became known as “the process of the century”, and supported by 2.3 million signatures of citizens, filed a complaint against the State in early 2019 for the lack of measures of combating climate change during the period 2015-2018.
“There are elements to order the prime minister and the competent ministers to take all necessary sectoral measures to correct the damage from the uncompensated portion of greenhouse gas emissions during the first carbon budget”, the emission ceiling that could not be exceeded between 2015-2018 (the difference is estimated at 15 million tons of CO2), argue the judges.
The court decision leaves the measures to be taken for “free consideration by the government”, but sets a deadline for this correction to be effective until “December 31, 2022, at the latest”. However, the court rejects the request for a coercive fine of 78 million euros ($90 million) per half-year delay.
“We won,” wrote Cecile Duflot and Jean-François Julliard, presidents of the French branches of two of the complaining NGOs, Oxfam and Greenpeace, on Twitter.
“From now on, the authorities are OBLIGED to respect the climate commitments of France”, celebrated Notre Affaire à tous, another of the complainants.
This decision is the latest in a series of condemnations of the French state for its shortcomings in the fight against global warming.
In July, the highest French legal institution, the Council of State, already asked the government to take the necessary measures, by March 31, 2022, so that the commitments of the Paris Agreement related to the reduction of greenhouse effect emissions are respected. .
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