A second mandate placed under the sign of ecology. This was Emmanuel Macron’s commitment during the 2022 presidential campaign. A promise which has been reflected for the past few days in the appointment of Elisabeth Borne as Prime Minister. Three times minister during the previous five-year term, the polytechnician knows the question of ecological transition well, assures Bertrand Piccard. “It will allow arbitration in favor of the environment because, until now, it was not so much in favor of the latter”, he underlines at the microphone of Europe 1.
“The record in terms of ecology has been very disappointing over the first five-year term”, recognizes the founder of the Solar Impulse foundation. But, “Élisabeth Borne knows her files well. She is someone who is in fact much more sympathetic than her appearance, a little austere, lets appear. She will be very good at arbitrating in favor of the environment”, judge- he.
Faced with the acceleration of global warming, the State will have to quickly invest in scientific research and in the adaptation of the territory to fight against the changes. Heavy investments but which will be profitable, reminds Bertrand Piccard: “It’s an investment, but which makes it possible to obtain even more money afterwards. Because these are industrial opportunities. When you put heat pumps in buildings for example, it is an investment. But the next day, these are reduced costs for the inhabitants.”
“It’s the purchasing power that benefits”
“What you have to understand is that” the insulation, the electrification of transport, soft mobility, “these are gains. If we leave this sacrificial and penalizing ecology to enter an ecological system that promotes a qualitative growth, then we will create jobs, we will do economic development”, he assures.
A reasoning that Elisabeth Borne adopted for Bertrand Piccard. “It will make it possible to bring Bercy and ecology together. It is totally convinced that it will not create a divisive, sacrificial ecology, but a unifying ecology between the needs of the environment, the economy and the power of purchase. Because in the end, it is purchasing power that benefits. If we are more efficient everywhere, then there is more money left over for the end of the month.”