The CNL adopts a plan to support the ecological transition

The CNL adopts a plan to support the ecological transition
The CNL adopts a plan to support the ecological transition

This plan is a continuation of the national sustainable development strategy and meets the objectives set out by the Minister of Culture in her speech in September 2022. It is also based on the CNL charter of values, validated by its Council of administration on May 10, 2022.

Three main sectors of intervention have been identified: bookstores, literary festivals, and the processes of manufacturing and distribution of books. For the year 2024, an initial envelope of 800,000 euros is allocated to this plan, with 600,000 euros specifically intended for bookstores.

Rising energy costs, the necessary requirements relating to working conditions and
reception facilities make it all the more necessary to improve the energy performance of
bookstore premises “, describes the CNL in a press release, and adds: “ Business with low profitability and limited self-financing capacity, they must be able to count on appropriate public support. »

In this context, the public establishment of the Ministry of Culture intends to strengthen its support for French bookstores through zero-interest loans and grantswith 65 projects already supported to the tune of 2.7 million euros in 2023. From now on, this support will be even more significant for establishments that invest in their ecological transition, provided that they meet the eligibility criteria and have carried out the preliminary regulatory procedures, explains the CNL.

Concerning literary festivals, which vary greatly in terms of format, structure, seniority, and territorial location, the CNL has introduced a sustainable development criterion in the evaluation of support requests. To benefit from a “ ecological bonus “, festivals must demonstrate their commitment to sustainable development, which may include raising public awareness, carrying out carbon assessments or adopting good practices in terms of mobility, energy management, food, storage, or pooling of projects .

Regarding the production and distribution of books, in 2024, the CNL will co-finance with the SNE a study on the life cycle of the book to identify levers for improving environmental performance, from production to marketing.

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Furthermore, he will participate to finance an application which informs about the environmental impact of the book manufacturing chain, including the place of printing, the type of paper and cover used. These tools will, according to the CNL, make it possible to refine the measures already in place and to promote the efforts of publishers whose books have the best carbon footprints.

Photography: illustration, ActuaLitté, CC BY SA 2.0

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