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Light pollution in Italy ... such as France?

Light pollution in Italy ... such as France?

Please note: past event

Light pollution in FranceIt was approved the Ministerial Decree for the reduction of light pollution in France that will make history.

According to this decree, from next July 1, 2013, offices and shops are obliged to turn off the interior lights within one hour after the close of the same rooms, and outdoor lighting systems will be decommissioned starting from one night.

A measure to reduce fuel consumption and emissions savings of approximately 250 thousand tons of CO2 into the atmosphere.

The news spread so sudden and woke up the interest of the major French newspapers such as Le Figaro, and was taken up by many foreign newspapers such as The Guardian.

French Ecology Minister, Delphine BathoWith this ministerial decree, the French Government intends to achieve the common goal of returning citizens with a safer environment, since, especially in large cities, light pollution has become a very serious problem that also affects the human biorhythm.

Delphine Batho, French Ecology Minister, explained that this was a choice dictated to reach the "sobriété énergétique." Remain valid exceptions to the case, for example holidays in general, such as Christmas, which could grant the special exemptions, but this new law, will provide a significant environmental and monetary savings.

According to data from the French agency ADEME, every year will save about two TWh of electricity, equivalent to the average consumption of about 750 thousand families, thus avoiding entering into the atmosphere about 250 thousand tons of CO2.


In the Italian case, for now, in order to limit the negative effects of light pollution have been developed criteria, published in the Official Bulletins of the Regions. Each municipality and each owner of lighting required to prepare a plan, which must include the detection of the status quo as well as an action plan for the gradual adaptation of existing plants.

These action plans can take several acronyms / synonyms by italian region:

  • PICIL: Piano dell’Illuminazione Comunale per il contenimento dell’Inquinamento Luminoso (Lighting Plan for containment City Light Pollution)
  • PRIC: Piano Regolatore dell’Illuminazione Comunale (Municipal Lighting Plan)
  • PUL: Piano Urbano della Luce (Urban Plan of Light)
  • PL: Piano della Luce (Lighting Plan)
  • PIC: Piano dell’Illuminazione Comunale (Municipal Lighting Plan)

Different names but with one goal: to become aware of the phenomenon of light pollution by promoting:

  • the distribution to the public of issues related to light pollution and the training of technicians with expertise in lighting;
  • the uniformity of the design criteria for the improvement of the quality of light equipment for road safety;
  • the reduction of light pollution and light, as well as the reduction of energy consumption from it;
  • protection from light pollution of the research carried out by the scientific and popular astronomical observatories;
  • protection from light pollution of goods landscape;
  • protection from light pollution of the natural environment, also as a territory, the natural rhythms of animal and plant species, as well as the ecological balance inside and outside of protected natural areas;
  • the protection of the vision of the starry sky, in the interest of the regional population.   

If you are a Public administration and you are concerned with the problem of "light pollution" of your town but do not know what to do, where to start, what tools put in place to achieve the goal, Argo has the right skills have already been tested in the territory in the Veneto region.

For more information on the Statement of the Veneto Region, the first Italian region to become aware of the phenomenon of light pollution that was approved in June 1997, the Law no. 22 on "Guidelines for the prevention of light pollution", visit

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