Threat of gas shortage pushes Berlin to drastic measures, turns off lights at monuments
Berlin has begun taking drastic measures to save energy and recently turned off the lights that illuminate national monuments.
All this comes as part of a national effort, at a time when the country faces the threat of a shortage of Russian gas.
About 200 buildings and monuments, including Berlin’s red-brick town hall, the State Opera House and Charlottenburg Palace, will remain dark overnight, officials in the German capital said this week.
“Given the war against Ukraine and the energy policy threats from Russia, it is important to be as careful as possible with our energy,” the city’s chief environmental officer, Bettina Jarasch, said Wednesday.
The Green Party’s Jarasch said it involved consumers and industry, but also public institutions, calling blacked-out monuments “the right thing to do to make a visible contribution”.
The policy initially affected six monuments as of Wednesday night and will eventually include 200 buildings and monuments and their 1,400 floodlights over the next four weeks, Jarasch’s office said.
An electric utility company will shut off 100-120 lights a day without dismantling them, keeping the policy temporary. /abcnews.al