Environmentally-Friendly City Light

Innovation to fight light pollution and preserve species 

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Outdoor night time lighting is very present in urban spaces. It’s a major part of ecological disruption and it negatively impacts fauna and flora, contributing to ecosystem imbalances.

To limit light pollution, Lille has already taken many initiatives to create a black grid throughout its territory. As noctural Chiroptera (bats) and entomofauna (insects) are directly impacted, Lille is moving towards innovative technologies, to help preserve the species.

The LUCIOLE project aims to limit the impact of light pollution on bats, moths, and the nocturnal insects they feed on. It involves a 2600-meter-long, 50-meter wide strip, totalling about 40 hectares, which will be equipped with a public lighting system that is designed to facilitate the animal travel that traditional lighting impedes. This innovative project has benefited from European Union support, as a part of the ERDF "Nature in the City" program.

The first step in creating a black framework to restore.

In the long run, the Metropolis’ challenge is to completely restore the deteriorated continuity of the night between Deûle Park and the confluence of the Lys.

In addition, this initiative makes it possible to raise awareness and rally citizens around this topic to better understand the effects of light pollution on wildlife and plants.

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