In response to the rise in international energy prices, the French government enacted an Economic and Social Resilience Plan from April 2022.
The Plan encompasses :
- Energy affordability measures targeted at consumers : a fuel discount on gasoline, diesel, natural gas and LPG ("Bouclier Tarifaire"), subsidies to sectors most exposed to the impact of price hikes such as fishing, agriculture, construction and transport, gas and electricity subsidies for companies for which gas and electricity expenses represent at least 3% of their turnover, State- backed loans for companies most exposed to the crisis effect
- Clean energy and energy efficiency support : increased support to connection fees for biogas plants, from 40% to 60%, launch of a public campaign on energy savings before winter 2022/23, increase in the budget allocated to "MaPrimeRénov'" subsidy scheme for fuel switch in domestic heating systems as well as the "Fonds Chaleur" scheme targeting community and industry heating systems switch, launch of a new call for tender to support decarbonisation projects in heavy industries, earmarked government investment to improve the energy performance of public buildings.
- Measures aimed at strengthening energy security, by filling storage facilities ahead of the winter of 2022 and increasing import capacity for liquefied natural gas (LNG).