Government to extend ban on outdoor air conditioning – Sciences et Avenir

Energy Minister Agnès Pannier-Runachet announced on Sunday upcoming orders that would force air-conditioned stores to close their doors and cut illuminated advertising, drawing much of the advertising inspiration from already existing and poorly enforced regulations.

“In the coming days, I will issue two decrees: the first generalizes the ban on illuminated advertising, regardless of the size of the city, from 1 to 6 in the morning”, with the exception of airports and train stations, and the second prohibits shops from opening their doors during air conditioning and heating, – said the minister in an interview with the Journal du Dimanche (JDD).

Leaving the doors open “that’s 20% more consumption and (…) it’s absurd,” Agnès Pannier-Runashe justified at RMC.

Cities such as Bourg-en-Bresse and then Lyon, Besançon and Paris, since mid-July, when France experienced extreme heat, passed municipal decrees requiring air-conditioned shops to close their doors under the threat of a fine.

Energy Transition Minister Agnès Pannier-Runache at the National Assembly on 19 July 2022 in Paris (AFP/Archive – Christophe ARCHAMBEAU)

The government plans to roll this out nationwide with a fine of up to €750, but it will initially focus on informing traders.

With regard to illuminated advertising, the current rules distinguish between agglomerations with a population of more or less than 800,000 people: in France, it is prohibited from 1 to 6 a.m. in agglomerations with a population of less than 800,000 people. In more densely populated areas, the rules depend on local advertising regulations (RLP), if any.

The current law also already requires neon signs and shop windows to be turned off from 1 a.m.

The ministry was unable to clarify the content of the next regulation on Sunday, but clarified that it would be aimed at “harmonizing the rules”, without specifying the number of agglomerations to which the RLP applies today, or specifically how sanctions will be monitored and imposed, up to 1500 euros. will be implemented.

“The outlines will be refined” when the decree comes out, “the idea is really that it should be applicable now,” the ministry added.

Today, there are few sanctions for non-compliance with the standards that have existed since 2013. “The challenge remains to ensure that these texts are respected by those who bear public responsibility for them: communities and the state,” ANPCEN, an association that fights light pollution, recently commented.

“Today, the state not only does not conduct inspections at its own expense, but also returns responsibility to public associations,” she condemns.

The civil climate convention sought by President Emmanuel Macron was much more ambitious and asked the government to “ban these screens (video ads) in public places, public transport and at points of sale.” was rejected.

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