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French Ambassador Encourages Houston Energy Sector To Cut Carbon Emissions

G̩rard Araud is working to convince the energy sector that besides benefiting the environment, reducing pollution can be profitable.


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French Ambassador Gérard Araud is on a tour of France’s consulates across the United States. He spoke at the Federal Reserve Bank Houston Branch addressing several representatives from the energy industry.

Araud says he wants to strengthen economic ties between the two countries, and a big part of that dialogue is working with businesses to reduce carbon emissions.

“We need especially the support of the business community to say, the low-carbon economy, it’s not killing jobs,” the ambassador says. “So we would want to have a common message sent by the states but also by the local authorities, by the business community that we are serious about low-carbon economy, and that we have to move forward into this direction, all of us.”

French Ambassador to the U.S. Gérard Araud says Houston is an ideal city to take the charge on reducing carbon emissions.

He says it can be challenging to build that support in Houston, a city with a thriving energy sector, but he’s confident change is coming. Araud says he’s spoken with many industry leaders who plan to make their operations more energy efficient.

“They are understanding, first, it’s good for their reputation, and secondly, actually they’re saving money,” Aruad says. “To be energy efficient, it’s good business. You make an investment at the beginning, but after that on the long-term, it’s profitable.”

The ambassador says his country is creating a website where companies can publicly pledge to reduce their carbon emissions. France will host a United Nations panel on climate change later this year.

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