8 September 2023

As part of a program called “EduRénov” and with an envelope of 2 billion euros, the Banque des Territoires announced on Tuesday May 9 that it was committed to financing the renovation work of 10,000 schools by 2027. The objective is to achieve “at least 40% energy savings”.

The Banque des Territoires is one of the Caisse des Dépôts departments that support local authorities. It also mobilizes “50 million euros of engineering credit over five years”. The aim is to support local authorities in their energy performance diagnosis, then in the preparation of their work programmes.

With the acceleration of climate change, the energy transformation of aging and energy-intensive public buildings is becoming a national priority. Due to a lack of dedicated human and financial resources, elected officials “are struggling to find the necessary information and funding”recognizes the Bank of the territories.

The Banque des Territoires also provides for the development of a national charter listing good practices to be implemented, as well as simplified access to a ” Suggestion box “. A working meeting was held on Tuesday at the Ministry of Ecological Transition on the subject.

“A transmission issue”

Asked about this meeting at the National Assembly, the Minister for Ecological Transition, Christophe Béchu, mentioned the “triple challenge” represented by the renovation of school buildings in France, the total area of ​​which is “some 130 million square meters”.

“A climate issue to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, a budgetary issue to ensure that communities can control the evolution of their energy bills (…) and finally a transmission issue, because when you learn in buildings that are too hot or too cold, (…) pedagogical transmission does not take place under the same conditions”he recalled.

Among the tools available to local authorities, Christophe Béchu mentioned the already existing aid from “energy saving certificates”for an amount of 220 million euros, the “heat fund” of 520 million euros and the 2 billion euros of “green fund”of which “200 of the first 1,300 winners concern school building renovations”.

In addition to the EduRénov plan, the third-party financing adopted at the end of March in Parliament is part of the novelties. Tested for five years, this system will enable local authorities to have their work financed by a private or public third party, and to reimburse part of the sums incurred by the energy savings made.

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The World with AFP

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