Energy and climate: what changes on January 1, 2023

The government stated that it aims to protect the French people, especially the most vulnerable, from rising energy prices and their impact on purchasing power, as well as local authorities and professionals.

In addition, as part of the fight against climate problems, the Government has set ambitious goals, such as achieving carbon neutrality by 2050 and transitioning to a fossil fuel-independent country.

To achieve these goals, it plans to reduce our energy consumption through energy efficiency and conservation measures, as well as decarbonize our energy mix through the use of renewable energy and nuclear power.

An overview of the main measures that will come into force on January 1, 2023.


For individuals


Tariff protection for gas will be extended in 2023. From January 1, 2023, the increase in regulated prices for the sale of natural gas will be limited to 15%. Please note that this price saver applies to residential consumers (consuming less than 30 MW per year) as well as all condominiums with individual natural gas supply contracts.

It should be noted that the tariff shield for electricity, which limits the increase of regulated electricity tariffs to 15%, will come into force on February 1, 2023.

They will burn

Exceptional assistance for the purchase of fuel ends on January 1, 2023 (from September 1 to November 15, 2022 it was 30 cents per liter, then from November 16 to December 31, 2022 it was 10 cents per liter ).

It will be replaced by a fuel allowance of 100 euros for the modest French working and commuting. 10 million workers will be eligible for this assistance, which will be applicable to any type of vehicle, including two-wheelers.

For professionals and communities


Faced with rising prices, the Government is supplementing its support system for businesses and local authorities with an electricity shock absorber. It will be valid from January 1, 2023 to December 31, 2023.

The electricity buffer will be intended for all SMEs regardless of their legal status (less than 250 employees, turnover of 50 million euros and balance sheet of 43 million euros), as well as for all structures assimilated to SMEs. public institutions, associations, etc.).

Beyond these limits, electricity will benefit structures that are not operating competitively, regardless of buffer system status. It pays 50% of the bill (energy share) above €180/MW and up to €500/MW through the electricity buffer regardless of state status.

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