IDA Recognizes France and ANPCEN for New Lighting Curfew Law
24 April 2013
The International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) recently met with representatives of the French Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy and the French light pollution advocacy group l’Association nationale de Protection du Ciel et de l’Environnement Nocturnes (ANPCEN) to recognize their effort to enact the first national law requiring that businesses turn off their exterior lighting between 1 AM and 7 AM.
Diane Szynkier, Technical Advisor to the Minister Delphine Batho, and Anne-Marie Ducroux, President of ANPCEN, accepted awards in recognition of their efforts from IDA Executive Director Bob Parks at the Ministry's offices in Paris on April 16, 2013.
The new law will go into effect in July 1, 2013 and is expected to annually save 250,000 tons of CO2 and the equivalent energy use of 750,000 homes. In presenting the awards Mr. Parks praised France for its new protections that build on other light pollution laws that have been introduced since 2009. He says "France has demonstrated global leadership by enacting legislation that will dramatically reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions, save money, and protect the night sky. This is a common sense energy policy that all countries should adopt."
For more information on the new law, visit the French Ministry of Sustainability website at http://www.gouvernement.fr/gouvernement/une-nouvelle-reglementation-pour-les-eclairages-nocturnes
Visit the ANPCEN website: www.anpcen.fr
Photo Caption: (L to R) Mr. Lory Waks, Project Manager, light pollution, electromagnetic and acoustic waves building; Pascal Valentin, Head of Mission, noise and physical agent; Ms. Diane Szynkier, Technical Advisor technological risks, nuclear safety, waste, environmental health and green industries; Anne-Marie Ducroux, president of French light pollution advocacy group l’Association nationale de Protection du Ciel et de l’Environnement Nocturnes; Bob Parks, Executive Director International Dark-Sky Association.