Paris’ iconic landmark – the Eiffel Tower – will begin to darken earlier, the city’s mayor has announced.
Usually, the site is lit after dark until 1 a.m., according to the Eiffel Tower website. The warm, golden glow of more than 20,000 bulbs flickers for five minutes every hour until the final 10 minutes at 1 a.m., the website says.
Not this winter.
The French city’s mayor, Anne Hidalgo, announced a series of “sobriety” measures aimed at saving energy, ABC News reported.
That of the Eiffel Tower light show will end at 11:45 p.m., Hidalgo said in a series of Tweets on Tuesday, September 13. Other municipal buildings will turn off their exterior lights at 10 p.m., but street lights will remain, she said.
France, like much of Europe, is grappling with an energy crisis resulting from the ongoing war in Ukraine which has resulted in a restriction of electricity supplies from Russia and an increase in energy costs. , reported The Guardian.
Berlin, Germany, announced a similar energy-saving initiative on July 30, DW reported. The city turned off the exterior lights of 200 buildings and monuments, a total of 1,400 floodlights, AFP reported.
AFP video footage from August 15 showed darkness blanketing the Victory Column and Berlin Cathedral.
Across the Eurasian landmass, the skyline of Shanghai, China darkened for two nights, Bloomberg reported on Aug. 23. and the Shanghai Tower without their usual colorful display, the outlet reported.
The power cuts came as China’s southwestern region grappled with a drought and a heat wave that led to a drop in its hydroelectric power supply, Reuters reported.
Google Translate was used to translate Anne Hidalgo’s tweets.