City of Strasbourg got awarded for its work against light pollution

The City of Strasbourg has received the “1-star label” awarded by the National Association for the Protection of the Sky and the Night Environment (ANPCEN) for its work against light pollution.

This national label aims to promote the actions carried out by local authorities to preserve the night environment and the quality of the night. It rewards a cooperation of several years between the City of Strasbourg and the ANPCEN. The towns of Schiltigheim and Vendenheim were also awarded with respectively “1 star” and “3 stars” for the 2019-2020 edition.

Night lighting, although essential, has been on the rise for more than 20 years and leads to light pollution which has an impact on biodiversity.

The City of Strasbourg is committed to the prevention of these nuisances through the implementation of urban night screens: requirements in terms of color temperatures (warm amber white in natural spaces), reduction of the light emitted, with the generalization of luminaires that do not emit any light towards the sky and intensity reductions of up to 50% in the middle of the night or extinction (from midnight to 6.30 a.m.) in the main parks and gardens (Orangerie, Contades , Pottery, Citadel, or even Eugène Imbs).

Thus, these measures, which aim to provide light where and when it is needed, taking into account uses, have enabled a 20% reduction in energy consumption linked to public lighting between 2010 and 2020. This reduction target has been raised. from 40% to 50% by 2030.

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