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France to ban heated terraces in cafes and bars

The new ecology minister says outside heating or air conditioning is an "ecological aberration".

BBC Science News • bbcnews
July 27, 2020 2 minSource

France's government has announced new environmental measures, including a ban on heated terraces for cafes and bars.

Ecology Minister Barbara Pompili said outside heating or air conditioning was an "ecological aberration".

The ban will not come into force until after the winter as restaurants have been hard hit by Covid-19, she added.

All heated or air-conditioned buildings open to the public will also have to keep their doors closed to avoid wasting energy.

Ms Pompili told reporters it was wrong for shops to "air-condition the streets" in summer by keeping their doors open just to spare customers from having to open them.

"Neither should terraces be heated in winter so people can feel warm as they drink coffee," she said.

Trade groups say more than 75% of restaurants and cafes in the Paris area have a heated terrace.

Ms Pompili said officials would talks to owners about ways of implementing measure after the winter.

She was appointed by new Prime Minister Jean Castex, who has pledged €20m ($23m; £18.2m) for climate-related investment, as part of a €100m stimulus plan aimed at helping the economy recover from the coronavirus pandemic.

The measures announced by Ms Pompili also include the creation of two natural parks and a national nature reserve.

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