France to have rooftops covered in plants or solar panels

France To Have Rooftops Covered In Plants Or Solar Panels

France is officially going vert! French parliament just approved a law mandating all new buildings in commercial zones to be partially covered in plants or solar panels making the country more eco-friendly.

According the The Guardian, the law is a limited version of the plan put forth by environmentalist s in France who wanted the entire roof of any new commercial building covered. Business owners will be able to choose between the panels or plants based on their needs and preferences.

European Federation of Green Roof Associations believes the environmentally sound roofs will improve air quality, boost biodiversity and wildlife, conserve energy and even store water during a rainstorm.

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France to have rooftops covered in plants or solar panels
A picture taken on March 20, 2015 in Les Mees, southern France, shows solar panels at the Les Mees solar power plant. AFP PHOTO / BORIS HORVAT (Photo credit should read BORIS HORVAT/AFP/Getty Images)
TO GO WITH AFP STORY JEREMY TALBOT Picture of the panels of Ungersheim's solar power plant taken on December 6, 2012 in Ungersheim, eastern France. AFP PHOTO / SEBASTIEN BOZON (Photo credit should read SEBASTIEN BOZON/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama (2L), Department of Energy Deputy Secretary Liz Sherwood-Randall (2R) and Federal Chief Sustainability Officer Kate Brandt (R) listen while Eric Haukdal, an energy manager at the Department of Energy headquarters, speaks about the solar panels on the roof at the Department of Energy, March 19, 2015 in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO/BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Germany is currently the world leader in green roof technology. According to stats from the United Nations University, the country is increasing the usage of green roofs by 10 to 15 percent each year.

Last year Tree Hugger reported that the Big Apple was turning to green roofs to mitigate sewage overflow. Brooklyn Grange, a massive rooftop garden in NYC, singlehandedly keeps millions of gallons of water out of the city's ancient sewage system.

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