Earth Hour: Little mobilizes for a more sustainable world / News

Several cities and their populations are mobilized to darken houses and symbolic monuments. Small Municipality participates and acts all year round to reduce its energy impact.

As a part ofground hour (literally Earth Hour), The city of Lille has symbolically decided to close the Grand Place sector, Place de la République and Rue Gambetta. A way to remind that everyone can mobilize to preserve the planet.

The municipality acts not only for one evening, but all year round to achieve the goals in the “Little Climate Plan”, an ambitious plan proposing concrete solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions with the aim of reducing them by 38% by 2026, 45% by 2030 and aiming for CO2 neutrality well before 2050. This structural work, carried out in many years, is all the more important in connection with the sharp rise in fossil fuels that we are experiencing. Consuming less and becoming as independent of fossil fuels as possible are major problems. The city responds to this through proactive action structured in three areas.

Axis 1. Contribute to the development of renewable and renewable energy

Today, almost half of the energy used to heat municipal buildings comes from the heat network in Halluin’s energy recovery center. This network is the main tool in the context of a massification of the use of renewable and recycled energies.

In addition, there are also geothermal heat pumps in the Maison de l’Habitat Durable or in the Grand Sud.

In terms of electricity production, 25 municipal buildings are now equipped with solar panels (eg Turgot School, Marie Curie Nursery or Natural History Museum). A massification project is also under development in this area.

Finally, 100% of the electricity used for municipal buildings and public lighting is of renewable origin. with a significant share (44%) of French solar and wind power plants (electricity with high environmental value).

Axis 2. Consumption sparingly

By renovating the facilities and managing the lighting times, the municipality has since 2004 reduced its electricity consumption for public lighting by 52%. Example with the LUCIOLE (City Light Optimized for the Environment) system set up in 2017 in Citadelleparken. It turns on thanks to a motion detection system and goes to sleep or turns off after twenty seconds. It reduces energy consumption, while improving the quality of lighting for users and preserving the natural habitat of bats and moths and thus biodiversity.

In addition to energy consumption, sobriety is encouraged. The municipality supports the soft mobility of its agents, who can receive a mobility package if, for example, they take their bicycle or scooter to get to work.

On the residents’ side, advice is given during workshops and duration by Maison de l’Habitat Durable, to insulate their home or undertake a global renovation.

The municipality has also implemented a sustainable procurement policy, such as for school items, which are given free of charge at the beginning of the school year to all Lille students, which limits their environmental impact.

Axis 3. Develop the energy efficiency of buildings

More than 330 municipal plots (schools, public buildings, museums, etc.) are managed optimized with, for example, automated lighting. Every day, about a hundred volunteer municipal agents provide energy savings in their respective departments.
Since 2004, the city’s energy consumption has fallen by 21%, corresponding to a 19% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.

This year, as part of the investment in a low-carbon city, the city is planning several global energy renovations of schools such as the Kergomard school in Moulins, Roger Salengro (Wazemmes), Montessori (Bois-Blanc) or even the South factory but also the installation of a biomass boiler room at the zoo, the modernization of the lighting in Maisons Folie and at the Jean Lévy Library.

For the start-up of these renovations, a budget of more than fifty million euros has already been foreseen for the mandate.

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