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Rennes becomes first French metropolis to ban heating terraces of bars and restaurants

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Two years ago, Rennes, a city in France, took the lead in prohibiting businesses from heating the street.

Rennes prohibits bar terrace heating in the name of climate crisis

Commercial outdoor heaters used by bars and restaurants to heat terraces may soon be banned in France due to their high levels of pollution, with the city of Rennes having enacted a ban already. The mayor of Rennes (Ille-et-Vilaine, Brittany) has prohibited the heaters from 1 January, 2020, deeming them to be too polluting. Other smaller towns, such as Thonon-les-Bains (Haute-Savoie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes), have also outlawed them.

Four exterior gas-powered heaters running at full power for eight hours produce the equivalent carbon emissions of an average car travelling for a distance of 350km, according to figures from low carbon consultancy Carbone 4.

Gas-guzzlers heating the street Four exterior gas-powered heaters running at full power for eight hours produce the equivalent carbon emissions of an average car travelling for a distance of 350km, according to figures from low carbon consultancy Carbone 4. Source: Pinterest Pexels/BrettSayles

“It’s as if you had the heating on at home, with the windows wide open. It’s illogical.”

The mayor of Rennes (Ille-et-Vilaine, Brittany) has banned commercial outdoor heaters (both gas and infrared/electric) from 1 January, 2020, deeming them to be too polluting: 4 exterior gas-powered heaters running at full power for eight hours produce the equivalent carbon emissions of an average car travelling for a distance of 350km, according to figures from low carbon consultancy Carbone 4.

Jacques Boutault, mayor of the second arrondissement in Paris, argues that a similar ban should be applied in the capital and beyond. Mr Boutault said: “It’s as if you had the heating on at home, with the windows wide open. It’s illogical. We would like to ban these heaters [which operate] for a small amount of tables that are kept warm for people who would like to be outside.”

Source: ConnexionFrance

— Francois De Pena, president of the UMIH of Ille-et-Vilaine.

“How can we explain to our children and our customers that a 2,000-watt device is heating the street in 2019 in France?” — Francois De Pena, president of the UMIH of Ille-et-Vilaine. Source: Unsplash/KristijanArsov

People will get used to it, just like they did with the smoking ban

“How can we explain to our children and our customers that a 2,000-watt device is heating the street in 2019 in France?”, wonders Francois De Pena, president of the Umih of Ille-et-Vilaine. “We make the parallel with the ban on smoking: we were told that it would put an end to our operations, the result is that a few years later there was no impact and that nobody would go back!”, he adds, pointing out that “the terraces are full in winter and the rooms are empty” and that there will be a new “transfer” thanks to this measure.

Source: EN24News

“It’s as if you had the heating on at home, with the windows wide open. It’s illogical. We would like to ban these heaters [which operate] for a small amount of tables that are kept warm for people who would like to be outside.” — Jacques Boutault, mayor of the second arrondissement in Paris.

Heat the street? “It’s as if you had the heating on at home, with the windows wide open. It’s illogical. We would like to ban these heaters [which operate] for a small amount of tables that are kept warm for people who would like to be outside.” — Jacques Boutault, mayor of the second arrondissement in Paris. Source: Unsplash/FredMoon

We reported this story originally on 3 January 2020.

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