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To reduce electricity consumption.. Young people of the “Capital of Light” extinguish gently lit shop signs (video)

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A number of French youths stuntly turn off illuminated shop signs in the capital, Paris, at night, in an attempt to reduce energy consumption, a trend that has recently spread remarkably on social media.

The Parkour group makes its way at night through shops and restaurants, with the aim of reducing light pollution in the city and reducing energy consumption.

“To see a group of banners lit up at night, is incomprehensible to us,” says Kevin Ha, a member of the group. “For us as environmental activists, these steps allow us to move from words to deeds,” he continues. The group’s initiative was praised by some local residents.

Some members consider that undertaking these steps is a process that requires flexibility and determination, and that property must be respected.

Ha asserts that the goal of this step is to provide assistance and not the other way around, stressing, “We are not a harmful movement.”

Turn off the lights

In 2013 France passed a new law forcing stores to turn off their lights between 1am and 6am or face a fine of 750 euros.

When this law came into effect, it was expected to save about 250,000 tons of carbon dioxide, the equivalent of the energy of 750,000 French families annually.

However, there was no actual commitment on the part of the shopkeepers.

Initially, the law included only cities and villages with a population of less than 800,000 people, but the French government announced this week that it will extend the validity of this law to all parts of the country.

While members of the group stress that they cannot turn off the lights on all stores every night, they hope their actions will be seen as symbolic and encourage store owners to do the same.

“In the next few days, I will issue two decrees: the first circulates the ban on illuminated advertisements regardless of the size of the city between 1 and 6 a.m.”, excluding airports and train stations, and The second prohibits shops from leaving the doors open while the air conditioners or heating devices are working.

In an interview with the weekly Journal du Dimanche, Agnès Pannier Ronaché explained that leaving the doors open means “20% more consumption, which is unreasonable.”

Cities such as Lyon, Besançon and Paris have issued municipal ordinances since mid-July to close the doors of air-conditioned shops under penalty of fine, while France has experienced an exceptional heat wave.

Why is France trying to reduce energy consumption?

Because of the Russian military operation in Ukraine, the European country is seeking to reduce energy consumption, especially with the high prices and the instability experienced by the continent, which seeks to be free from Russian hydrocarbons.

On July 26, EU member states formally approved a contingency plan for gas imports. The Brussels plan, which is still awaiting ratification by member states, states that each country “dos everything it can” to reduce its gas consumption between August 2022 and March 2023 by at least 15 percent compared to the average for the same period during the last five years. .

And in the event of “severe shortage risks”, Brussels calls for activating a warning mechanism after consulting with countries, according to which a 15 percent reduction in consumption becomes “binding” for the 27 countries.

Before entering the winter season, the European Union is trying to take many measures that would enable it to confront a possible disruption of Russian supplies, which until last year constituted 40 percent of its imports.

And the new moves by the French government are part of the so-called “Pilet Plan” for energy conservation announced by President Macron on July 14 in order to deal with the risks of shortages linked to the Ukraine war.

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