In a bid to save energy, Paris will switch off the lights of the Eiffel Tower an hour earlier, said the city’s mayor Anne Hidalgo.
Countries around Europe are all looking for ways to cut their energy consumption and fill up their gas stores in preparation for a possible total cut-off.
Currently, the Eiffel Tower is illuminated until 1 a.m. by a lighting system that gives it a golden glow. It will now be switched off at 11.45 p.m. and would reduce its power consumption by 4 %. According to Mayor Anne Hidalgo, from the 23 of September, all lights in the public buildings of Paris would be switched off at 10 p.m. itself. These measures are aimed to meet President Emmanuel Macron’s goal that industries and municipal authorities reduce their energy consumption by 10 % in response to Russia’s cut to gas supplies and spiralling energy prices.