In its efforts to reduce energy consumption by 10% between 2019 and 2024, the French administration said on Monday it was “ahead of (its) roadmap,” according to the first partial data communicated to AFP by the Ministry of Public Service.
Out of a “representative sample” of more than 8,500 buildings in the state’s housing stock, the ministry anticipates an 11.3 percent reduction in gross electricity consumption between November 2021 and November 2022.
Correcting the data for seasonal variations, such as exceptionally mild temperatures in autumn 2022, the administration’s electricity consumption (heating, lighting, etc.) decreased by 8.3% in one year, according to government data .
A percentage drop comparable to that recorded at national level by RTE, even if the comparison periods are different.
According to the electricity transmission system operator, national electricity consumption thus decreased by 6.4% in November 2022 compared to the average consumption recorded in the same period between 2014 and 2019.
The government’s gross gas consumption decreased by 32.6% between November 2021 and November 2022, with adjusted consumption declining more modestly by 7.8%.
In October, corrected consumption by the administration increased by 0.9% over one year for electricity and decreased by 2.9% for gas, on a slightly smaller sample of buildings (about 8,200 buildings).
The government data refer only to a small part of the state building stock, made up of a total of 190,000 buildings, but the sample chosen is “representative”, most of the buildings not yet equipped with devices for measuring energy consumption, he specifies the ministry.
“These first very positive results demonstrate that all public officials are mobilizing”, greeted the Minister of Public Administration Stanislas Guerini. “We’re ahead of schedule” for a 10 percent reduction in the state’s energy use, he added.
Between 2019 and 2024, the government aims for a 10 percent reduction in its energy use (from 20 to 18 terawatt hours), before a 40 percent reduction by 2050.