January 12, 2021, The Senate passed a bill what must that allow digital sector to reduce its ecological footprint. Senators Patrick Chaize, Guillaume Chevrollier, Jean-Michel Houllegatte and Hervé Maurey have been working on this project for several months. France is therefore preparing for it Move towards a more sober digital one and that is very good news.
Senators want to act before it’s too late
This calculation results from a Application from the Commission for Regional Planning and Sustainable Development. The text of the law just passed by the Senate results from the work of this committee. According to the Senate report: “The aim is to control the behavior of all digital players, regardless of whether they are consumers, professionals in the sector or even public players, in order to ensure the development of sober, responsible digital technologies in France and environmentally virtuous”.
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The turning point in ecological change must be reached without digital technology becoming an exponential source of pollution. Senator Patrick Chaize, author of the bill, spoke about it. He explains that: “Why this sector rather than another, will you tell me?” Because it explodes: it accounts for 2% of our carbon footprint today. but tomorrow it will be 7% if we don’t do anything. I am delighted that an unprecedented parliamentary initiative has been realized, going beyond the usual partisan divisions and involving almost 130 signatories from all political groups. “.
How can the digital ecological footprint be reduced?
This bill contains four chapters designed to reduce the ecological footprint of digital technology in France. First, there are provisions designed to make users aware of this Digital has an impact on the environment. Measures to combat planned obsolescence, an issue that is very dear to France and which recently introduced a right to redress. The third chapter consists of Promotion of ecologically virtuous digital uses. Finally, the fourth concerns measures to reduce the energy consumption of data centers.
After the Senate has given the go-ahead, the Commission on Sustainable Development and Regional Planning must reread and validate the various chapters that make up this bill. The final step will be obvious Examination by the National Assembly. We are optimistic that this law aimed at reducing the ecological footprint of digital technology in France will be finalized in the coming months.
Cédric O, State Secretary for the Digital Transition, spoke on the subject. He confirms that: “I believe in technological progress. It is a condition of emancipation. It is in France’s DNA to follow this path towards modernity, a condition for prosperity and the reduction of inequalities. But innovation in itself is not good if it is not mastered. Let us take the time to go into the details of the proposed provisions. Progress must be made serve the environment. The energy turnaround will only be possible with the help of digital technology, which is not about restricting a priori. “