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Energy: the Ministry of Ecological Transition pinned for its nighttime electricity consumption

BFMTV journalist Nelson Getten delivered a nocturnal report broadcast on September 4 in which he walked the streets of Paris in the company of Anne-Marie Ducroux, president of the National Association for the Protection of the Sky and the Sun. nocturnal environment (ANPCEN). Objective of the outing: to check whether companies comply with the rules aimed at limiting energy waste in the age of energy sobriety.

While some establishments appear to be complying with the law which stipulates that no closed storefront should remain lit between one and six in the morning, the journalist found that several businesses did not comply with the rule.

The premises of the Ministry of Ecology shine in the night

However, it is for another discovery that the report caused a lot of reaction on social networks. Surveying the La Défense district, the team noted that the Tour Séquoia, which houses part of the administration of the Ministry of Ecological Transition, had many offices lit up in the middle of the night.

“We see columns of light all lined up one above the other, so we can still doubt that there is a person in each of the offices which have remained lit”, remarked Anne-Marie Ducroux in the report.

Questioned later by the chain, the ministry justified itself by explaining that the “Tour Séquoia is unfortunately well known because of its technical installation which makes it difficult to control the lighting or the heating”. The problem is the subject of a “special follow-up” according to the administration. Another explanation, the “fire regulations” which would require leaving areas lit for safety reasons. The ministry also evokes possible “improvements” of the presence detection system which turns on the lights for two hours during night rounds. Work would be planned for October, reports the channel.



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