Greenhouse gas emissions in France in 2004, by sector
563 million tonnes CO2 equivalent 13% 14% 21% 18% 12% 13% 7% 2%
Housing Individual Farming and Manufacturing Energy Services, road agrifood industry transf- trade and
transport Other transport ormation institutions including goods
Not including carbon sinks and biomass processing
Private car Investment
Buying a new car that emits less than
120 g of CO2 per km
Possible gain if the 2 million new vehicles purchased annually emit 120 g of CO2 per km at the most (vehicles actually available) instead of 152 g per km, which is the average for new cars currently on the market. Estimated values calculated by France's Buying a second-hand car that
Environment Institute (Ifen), drawing on uses less energy various sources: Manicore; Ceren;
Possible gain if among the 5.6 million second-hand cars purchased Ministry of Works statistics department annually, buyers choose more recent vehicles for the same financial (Sesp); Insee; Ademe; Environment outlay (smaller, lighter, less powerful car in a lower price range).
Ministry (MIES), climate plan 2004; Enertech; Citepa; Energy Observatory.
Daily use Cutting distance travelled
Sources: Philippe Rekacewicz, Atlas
Environnement du Monde annually by 10%
Diplomatique, 2007; Florence Naizot Possible gain if all households reduce travel, for and Patrice Grégoire, "Les ménages instance by grouping short trips (shopping, acteurs des émissions de gaz à effet
school-run, services, etc.), changing means of transport (to walking, cycling or public transit),
de serre", Le 4 pages, n° 115, car-sharing or taking the train for long journeys
November-December 2006, Ifen. previously made by car.
Driving more gently
Possible gain if all households adopt a greener style of
driving for all trips (cutting down speed, not accelerating at
obstacles, using gears to brake, keeping tyres fully inflated).
Reducing use of car air-conditioning
Maximum possible gain if use of air-conditioning is avoided in the 11.3 million equipped vehicles, its use increasing fuel consumption by 11 to 15%. Kept to a minimum, more modest use of air-conditioning is possible on a daily basis.
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