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can companies reduce their consumption by 10%?

In a speech delivered to the Medef on Monday in Paris, Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne invited companies to act to avoid any “rationing” in energy matters. The objective is to reduce energy consumption by 10%. A goal that has already been achieved abroad as early as 2017. To cope with rising energy prices, Colombian companies had reduced their consumption. The project had taken six months to obtain results. According to Vincent Sciandra, CEO of the company Metron, which specializes in reducing companies’ energy consumption, Elisabeth Borne is giving companies too short a deadline, which could cause power cuts this winter.

A deadline that seems short

“You should know that 10% of the energy consumption of companies is enormous. It can be a drastic change in the way the company operates, changing working hours for an office company or in factories, changing the way we produce”, explains Vincent Sciandra.

For this, it will certainly be necessary “to change certain machines so that they are efficient, to change engines with technologies that consume less energy”, he specifies. “We’re talking here about reducing consumption, we’re also talking about investing, changing equipment, so it’s something that can be colossal.”

“The risk of load shedding is very real”

The warning from the head of government comes as the war between Ukraine and Russia, a major gas exporter, has caused an energy crisis in Europe. Since June, the French government has been repeating its objective of reducing energy consumption in France by 10% by 2024.

“I would like to be extremely optimistic and tell you ‘no, don’t worry, there will be no cuts this winter’. I challenge you to know at the moment T what you are consuming as energy, that means that you have to equip yourself, understand, visualize behind it, set up action plans and ensure that everyone in the company is around this action plan and put it in place. load shedding is very real,” he concluded.

“Either we dive together, or we get there together,” summarized the Minister for Energy Transition Agnès Pannier-Runacher at the end of the day. Companies “will do their part”, promised Monday the president of Medef Geoffroy Roux de Bézieux.

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