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World Hauts-de-France: the Regional Council defends its action for the ecological transition

15:10  08 june  2021
15:10  08 june  2021 Source:   20minutes.fr

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a few weeks ago, supported by the association future generations , the first "Envoscore" regions was published online. It was to evaluate the record of the shares undertaken at the last mandat, between 2016 and 2021, in terms of ecological transition. Last arrival in the rankings, the Hauts-de-France region wanted to defend its policy, denouncing "indicators whose reliability questions".

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The ecological transition is a real competence of the regions, particularly since they have been obliged, under the Act OUR 7 August 2015 , to adopt a regional scheme for sustainable development and equality territories (Sraddet). And this scheme must include "the overalls of mastering and enhancing energy, the fight against climate change, the fight against air pollution and biodiversity," explains the association Regions of France .

Are indicators dependent on "multiple actors"

relevant that the environment takes into account air pollution episodes to assess the effectiveness of the policies implemented by the region? "Measuring energy consumption in a region, air pollution episodes, the use of pesticides, the water quality of the lakes and rivers [...] is not an indicator of the quality of the shares Regions, local communities, in favor of the ecological transition, "provides for its part Laurent Vercruysse, general manager of the services of the region.

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Yet in the " Regional Health Plan 3 " covering the 2017-2021 period, the Regional Council had announced actions to reduce substantive pollution: "Air Quality Monitoring Program (PRSQA) 2017-2021, implementation of the protection plans of the atmosphere (realization of displacement plans, limitation of emissions due to individual combustion equipment ...), management of pollution episodes with fine particles, control of The most polluting industrial sites ".

The DGS of the Region also stresses that "the indicators selected by this association depend on the action of multiple actors, first of which the State". This is true in particular with regard to the use of pesticides in agriculture, supervised by the Government Plan "Ecophyto 2 +" including the Pilotage in Hauts-de-France is provided by the Regional Directorate of the Food, Agriculture and Forest (DRAAF), with the support of the Regional Directorate of the Environment, Development and Housing (DREAL).

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Figures and words

on the bio also association and institution do not agree on the indicators used. "Take into account the percentage of a useful agricultural area converted to the bio does not measure the action of the region in favor of the BIO", challenges Laurent Vercruysse. He prefers to refer to the number of farms converted to the bio, a figure in increase of 18% between 2018 and 2019.

Envincore also criticizes the region the absence of scheme for promoting socially and environmentally responsible purchasing (spaser ), which was still true in February 2020 according to the network of local authorities for a solidarity economy . False for the DGS that ensures that the region "has its Corporate Purchasing Strategy deliberate at the beginning of the mandate".

The region states investing "enormously in the ecological transition". According to the association

regions of France , in 2018, the Hauts-de-France devoted 98 million euros for the planning of the territory and the environment, or 3% of "actual total expenditure". As a comparison, the Grand East, the best student according to the Envoscore, spent 118 million euros in 2018 in these areas (4% of actual total expenditures).

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