Climate plan: partially frozen ADEME credits

The French Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME), in charge of the implementation of the Climate Plan to combat global warming, will see 20% of its 2005 investment credits frozen by Bercy. Ademe has few own resources. Its budget is fed by its three ministries, Ecology (70% of the total budget), Industry and Research. 56,5 million euros on 202 million investment credits (program authorizations, in budget jargon), made available to Ademe by the Ministry of Ecology, will be frozen, according to these sources. Those coming from the Ministry of Industry (35,5 million) also risk paying for the "budget regulation" in progress.

On the other hand, credits from the Ministry of Research (14,9 million euros), plus 40 million euros granted to Ademe under the Clean Vehicle Plan, will not be affected. In total, the public institution will have for 2005 only about 235 million euros, against 292,4 million expected at the beginning of the year, to launch new multi-year programs to promote energy savings and renewable energy as well as waste recycling.

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Last year, Ademe initially had 253 million euros for its investments before a cancellation of 74 million during the year. Payment appropriations, intended to finance the investment programs launched in previous years, are also victims of budgetary austerity. 70 million euros should miss this year at Ademe to honor its commitments of the beginning of the decade.

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