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UFE/Press review of 26/05/16

France
The French National Assembly ratified the COP21 Paris climate Agreement
French Members of Parliament ratified on May 17th the Paris Agreement adopted in December 2015 at the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21). Signed by 175 countries at the United Nations’ headquarter in New York City last April, this agreement sets the basis for limiting greenhouse gas emissions and confirms the objective of holding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2°C by 2100. French Senators will proceed to a vote on June 8th. Already ratified by 16 countries – most of them being small islands, the Agreement will then be adopted for the first time by an industrial power and member of the European Union.
Le Figaro, May 17th, 2016
France
CNRS : « ONE SAVES MONEY WHEN ONE PRECISELY KNOWS HIS/HER POWER CONSUMPTION »
CNRS researchers installed a smart meter in about sixty households, conducting an experiment on their power consumption’s evolution. The households were able to follow in real time their consumption and identify the most power consuming devices thanks to this meter. The results of the study precisely show that households equipped with such metering system reduce their consumption and de facto their bill by easily changing their consumption behavior. Participants to this experiment saved about a quarter of their bill !
France Inter, May 11th, 2016
International
G7 Countries commit to communicate their low-carbon strategies as soon as possible
Following their meeting in Toyama, Japan on May 15 to 16, 2016, G7 Environment Ministers released a communiqué in which they welcomed the Paris agreement and committed to “develop and communicate” their long-term low greenhouse gas emission development strategies as soon as possible. Committing to “actively engage in new coalitions and initiatives” and recalling the key role of research and innovation, the Ministers expressed their support to market-based approached such as carbon pricing.
G7, May 16th, 2016
International
D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals delayed arguments on the Clean Power Plan of four months
D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, responsible for deciding either Obama’s Clean Power Plan is legal or not, announced on May 16 that the oral argument of the West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency case will be postponed by four months, rescheduled for late September. This rescheduling will enable the Court examining the case, with the Court hearing the argument by the nine Judges instead of the court’s normal three-judge panel. Put forward by the Obama’s administration, this climate plan aims to reduce carbon emissions from the power sector by 32% by 2030 comparing to their 2005 level. The Supreme Court suspended the said plan last February following a complaint filed by 27 States.
Enerpresse, May 17th, 2016

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