Zero net artificialization: LR and centrist senators demand a moratorium

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LR and centrist senators are calling for a moratorium on the decrees implementing the “zero net artificialization” of soils (ZAN) objective, which they say “are moving away” from the “spirit” of the Climate law adopted in 2021 , whose objective is to reduce the rate of nibbling of natural spaces by the city to reach zero in 2050.

Bruno Retailleau and Hervé Marseille, leaders of the LR and centrist senators, ask the government “to introduce a moratorium on these implementing decrees as soon as possible until 1uh September 2023 in order to proceed with their rewriting”. “Eleven months after the adoption of the text, local authorities are facing difficulties in the concrete implementation of their urban planning and soil protection policies”, they underline in a press release.

According to the senatorial majority, “the absence of consultation of local authorities, which are nevertheless primarily concerned, and the distance taken by the government with the spirit and sometimes even the letter of the law constituting serious sources of concern and an attack to the work of Parliament.

The Association of Mayors of France (AMF) has already announced that it will seize the Council of State against two of the three implementing decrees of ZAN, published on April 30.

Questioned twice on this issue on July 13 during current questions to the government in the Senate, the Minister for Ecological Transition and Territorial Cohesion, Christophe Béchu, said he was ready, “in respect of the objective set”, to “think about the methods of its implementation and, perhaps, the rewriting of part of the decrees”.

Artificialization degrades biodiversity, increases the risk of flooding and contributes to global warming by releasing CO2 stored in the soil. In ten years, its rate has decreased by almost a third, from 31,589 ha in 2009-2010 to 22,553 in 2018-2019, according to the Observatory of soil artificialization. According to the objectives set by the Climate and Resilience Law, it will still have to be halved every ten years to reach net zero in 2050.

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