Paris: The Hôtel de Ville and the Eiffel Tower have previously plunged into darkness: Paris, dubbed the ‘City of Lights’, will be a little darker from September 23rd as the city’s buildings are highly illuminated due to skyrocketing . energy cost.
Planned decorative lighting, lower temperatures in buildings and pools: after Lille and Marseille have already announced similar measures, before Bordeaux, Toulouse and Lyon, the capital will “lead by example” in lowering its energy consumption. The 10%, or “objectives demanded at the national level,” announced PS Mayor Anne Hidalgo at a press conference.
These initial measures should allow us to achieve savings of about 60 GWh “in the next few weeks,” or 80% of the desired target, but “before winter,” other measures should be added. City Hall showed in a summary. .
Energy prices have exploded in recent months on the back of tensions linked to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, prompting individuals, businesses or public bodies in many countries to cut consumption.
For Paris, a city with an €8 billion budget that has so far paid €54 million for gas and electricity annually, this situation translates into potential additional costs of €35 million, according to Hidalgo.
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From September 23rd, the first day of autumn, Parisians and tourists will notice the difference when the lights on the City Hall façade will be switched off from 10pm (8pm GMT). This is about the iconic City Hall, which went dark at 1:00 AM (23:00 GMT), the City Hall of the arrondissement, the 14 Municipal Museums (Petit Palais, Carnavalet), the Tower of Saint-Jacques, and more.
Also, under city control, the Eiffel Tower will turn off lights at 11:45pm (9:45pm GMT) when the last visitors leave, instead of 1am as before. Hidalgo calls on the state to “do the same” with national monuments and private owners to take steps to “go in the same direction.”
On the other hand, the former PS presidential candidate has denied the abolishment of street lights, citing “security” reasons. Bridges and churches are also unaffected.
Not surprisingly, the city will also lower the temperature inside the building by 1 degree, including the water in the 40 pools.
So the thermometer goes from 19°C, dropping to 18°C inside the building during the day, to 12°C in the evenings and weekends when no one is around. The city hall stresses that the application is “progressive according to the quality of the building,” regardless of where vulnerable people are welcomed, such as accommodation for dependent seniors (Ehpads) or day care centres. .
The city will also double the heating in the administration building. Hidalgo also announced that in the morning, “every 30 minutes,” October-November “closer to winter.”
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The mayor, who took office in 2014, recalled an investment of “€10 billion for environmental protection,” which included $1 billion to refurbish the insulation of buildings.
Private condominiums account for 40% of consumption in Paris, but compared to 4% for municipal services, said Dan Lert, Assistant to the Ecological Transition (EELV), “Compared to previous orders, 3% Recalling the double-allocated means, City Hall wants to reach 40,000 home renovations per year by 2030.
As for social housing, about 60,000 of them have already been renovated, the city hall claims, resulting in an average energy increase of 54%, or €400 savings per family per year.
In the face of this crisis and global warming, he argued that “we must accelerate the energy transition” and called for the mobilization of all stakeholders “whether public or buildings, hotels, supermarkets, department stores, etc.) will also reduce consumption by at least 10%.