The loss of darkness due to the increased use of Artificial Night Light (ANL) has a dangerous, but sometimes neglected, impact on natural ecosystems. In certain scenarios it is so weak that humans cannot detect it, but it has been shown that 30% of vertebrates and 60% of invertebrates - nocturnal and very sensitive to light - are threatened.
The aim of EELabs is to maximize the energy efficiency of new lighting technology - mainly LEDs - while minimizing their effect in the form of light pollution - sky glow - on natural ecosystems in the Macaronesia. EELabs will propose activities to acquire a deep knowledge of both LED lighting and natural ecosystems of the Macaronesia to achieve a sustainable growth where the increase of the LAN, a consequence of the economic development, does not compromise the natural spaces by an excessive increase of the light pollution.
EELabs (eelabs.eu) is a project financed by the INTERREG V-A MAC 2014-2020 Programme, co-financed by the FEDER (European Regional Development Fund) of the European Union, under contract number MAC2/4.6d/238. Five centres in Macaronesia work in EELabs (IAC, ITER, UPGC, SPEA-Azores, SPEA-Madeira)
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Highlights and results
Start of the project: EELabs: sustainable use of artificial lighting
Deployment of the first photometer networks of the EELabs project: Natural darkness to preserve night-time ecosystems
Drafting of a model ordinance.
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WHY: 2015 has been named by the United Nations as the International Year of Light (light2015.org). Light has had many obvious benefits for human mankind, but it also poses some relevant threats: the everyday-increasing excess of light thrown by humans to the sky seriously threatens to remove forever one of humanity’s natural wonders, the view of