A new French law is leaving inefficient, carbon-heavy architecture in the dust. Beginning in 2022, the nation will require all buildings it finances to be made with 50% wood, or other other sustainable materials like hemp or straw. Julien Denormandie, the country’s minister for cities and housing, announced the move toward more responsible building practices at a UNESCO event on February 5.

Proposed plans for the 2024 Olympics in Paris will make use of existing buildings, and will set up temporary structures around the capital’s landmark attractions. It promises to be the most sustainable yet. 

It’s the latest in a series of green initiatives in France, which is the first country to outline a clear plan to address the worsening climate crisis. President Emmanuel Macron’s proposal to make France carbon-neutral by 2050 was voted in last year, and the country plans to put $21 million toward a network of 100 urban farms that will provide communities with access to fresh, local produce. Forests are also being planted around architectural landmarks, adding greenery to public spaces.

France’s Minister for Cities and Housing Julien Demorandie recently announced that all new buildings funded by the government will be built with at least 50% wood, or other sustainable materials.  

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