April 28, 2023

Green industry bill: one more effort to combine reindustrialization and sobriety

Green industry bill: one more effort to combine reindustrialization and sobriety

The Impact France movement took part in the consultation and work carried out by the government and the majority parliamentary pilots on the future "Green Industry" bill. Having taken note of the first avenues identified in the draft bill, Impact France welcomes the spirit of certain advances, but calls for the final version of the bill to include more ambitious proposals to meet the challenges at hand.

10 amendments resulting from our working group will be submitted to the National Assembly:

  • ‍Introducea bonus for bids involving socially responsible companies
  • 15% social and ecological criteria in public procurement contracts 
  • Making BPI France a key player in the green reindustrialization of France
  • Extend the life of products by extending the reparability index provided for in the AGEC law (soon to be replaced by the durability index) to public and professional purchases.
  • Make the reparability index mandatory in advertising campaigns  
  • Clarify the objectives of the "Avenir climat" savings plan to ensure that all funds are earmarked for the ecological transition‍
  • ‍Specifythe investment rules for the "Avenir climat" savings plan to ensure the proper allocation of savings to benefit the ecological transition .
  • Create "regional industrial academies" to support the development of green industry jobs and skills in all sectors and throughout the country.
  • No competitive bidding for innovative SSE companies in public procurement contracts (within the 200K limit, in line with European law) 
  • Structuring and developing the circular economy 

Our proposals in detail

As the contours of the Green Industry Bill begin to emerge, the Impact France Movement unveils its economic policy proposals to accelerate the decarbonization of French industry, and to encourage the emergence of positive-impact models, from production to consumption.

Impact France calls on the government and its members of parliament to take full advantage of the opportunity offered by this bill to initiate a profound transformation of French industrial companies, while emphasizing the importance of public support for companies at every stage of the process.

Indeed, the first measures unveiled in the draft bill raise questions as to their ability to really kick-start the revolution that French industry so badly needs to transform itself with the introduction of genuine ecological and social competitiveness.

While some of the measures unveiled open the door to interesting advances, notably in the greening of public procurement, they are not enough. This is reflected in the absence of clear incentives for ecological and social innovation, tax modulation according to commitments, or obligations for companies with fewer than 500 employees.

To reinforce the ambition of this text, Impact France is proposing a number of measures capable of honoring our ecological planning imperatives, while at the same time spending the public money injected into our economic fabric more efficiently.

How can the industrial sector be a leader in the transition? On the one hand, some people find this illusory, as it represents 1/5th of GHG emissions and is seen as a "polluting" sector by nature. On the other, people are afraid of measures that could lead to a loss of competitiveness, and refuse to accept transformations that are too far-reaching. Yet industry is one of the sectors most in need of transformation. On the contrary, we can't ask any less of the industrial sector. Over the past 3 years, the Impact France movement, which brings together entrepreneurs who place impact at the heart of their business, has grown in size and has been able to speak to industrial start-ups as well as larger players. Its advocacy and expertise on these issues have become stronger, to the point where it is now legitimate enough to take a look at the proposed Green Industry law.

Mélanie Marcel, SoScience

Industry was born of human genius: the ability to innovate and create. But today, over-consumption, climate change and negative social impacts are showing us the limits of this model. The development of a green industry can be a tremendous opportunity, provided we think in terms of a different kind of industry, one that serves the planet and humankind, in a systemic and harmonious dynamic.

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