Clervaux – first municipality in Luxembourg to try to fight against light pollution

Clervaux – first municipality in Luxembourg to try to fight against light pollution

LED lights have caused a worrying increase in this problem over the past five years

The commune of Clervaux in Luxembourg will become the site of the first Grand Ducal attempt to combat light pollution. This week, a broad coalition of authorities, from traffic to bridges, from the Ministry of Energy to the Ministry of Mobility, signed a memorandum on the matter.

Clervaux will now become the pilot municipality in terms of reducing light pollution in the first stage of what the national authorities deem a national goal. After the implementation of a robust strategy to reduce light pollution, the measures in Clervaux could be extended to other municipalities.

Luxembourg officials sign the memorandum on light pollution,
Source: Luxembourg Ministry of Energy

Light pollution – a less popular aspect of urban pollution

Light pollution is an issue that often flies under the radar, overshadowed by seemingly more pressing issues like air pollution and noise pollution. And while both of these pose an increased health risk, living in a constantly well-lit environment could also be to the detriment of urban populations.

Despite the fact that he deprives us of the starry sky, according to the Luxembourg authorities, it could also disrupt a person’s circadian rhythm – the body’s natural day and night cycle. It also has a negative effect on the environment since it impacts biodiversity.

In addition, public lighting accounts for a considerable share of global energy consumption. At the same time, ambient light levels in the country have increased over the past five years due to the widespread use of LEDs, which are more energy efficient.

What does the memorandum mean?

The memorandum has been signed by an astonishing array of public authorities, including the Ministry of Territorial Planning, the Ministry of Mobility, the Mayor of Clervaux, the park authorities, the road and bridge authorities and the administration railways.

The underlying idea is that each of them would work in their respective fields to reduce light pollution, to offer the municipality an improved and less polluting lighting plan. The wide variety of public authorities working together, on the other hand, means that final decisions will favor an approach aimed at security and granularity rather than a one-size-fits-all approach.