<P align=justify><BR><STRONG>The Ministers for Housing (C&#233;cile Duflot) and Ecology (Delphine Batho)</STRONG> chaired the steering committee that will get the housing renovations plan that was announced last March underway. The renovations will focus on <A title="" href="https://www.aderly.com/developpement-durable-entreprise/green-construction-company,p,215,EN.jsp" target=_blank>reducing household energy consumption.</A><A href="https://www.aderly.com/developpement-durable-entreprise/green-construction-company,p,215,EN.jsp"></A></P> <P align=justify><BR><STRONG>500,000 residences will be renovated per year by 2017, with the aim of reducing energy consumption by 38% by 2020.</STRONG></P> <P align=justify><BR><STRONG>This initiative was born of three sorts of objectives: environmental (fighting against climate change), social (fighting against energy poverty), and economic</STRONG>. Indeed, according to Ministers, such an initiative provides &#8220;leverage for getting out of the economic crisis&#8221;, by enabling households to have more disposable income and encouraging competitiveness and innovation in the business world. </P> <P align=justify><BR>The project also involves a <STRONG>number of institutions who are part of the steering committee</STRONG>, including the Office for Housing, Urban Planning and Environment, the Office for Energy and Climate, and Ademe (Environment and Energy Management Agency), etc.</P> <P align=justify><BR><STRONG>Local authorities are also playing a role, since the initiative applies to the different regions, counties, and towns</STRONG>, some of whom have already undertaken several proactive initiatives of their own. With real political commitment and its <A title="" href="https://www.aderly.com/entreprise-chimie/index,p,224,EN.jsp" target=_blank>green technologies development plan</A>, <STRONG>the Lyon region has become an example to be followed.<BR></STRONG></P>