On Monday, it was announced that French train stations and airports will turn off their digital advertising screens overnight. The operators at the train stations and airports have agreed to this in the hope to reduce energy consumption.
The French government passed a law in October to turn off advertising screens between the hours of 01:00 and 06:00. However, the decree had not concerned the airports and train stations. On Monday, the French government, SNCF and Aéroports de Paris along with the advertising agencies agreed on this "charter of commitment".
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SNCF promised to reduce energy consumption on digital advertising screens by 71% in 2030. The company has also announced that it hopes to reduce carbon emissions by 45% within the same time period.
The National Agency for the Environment and Energy Management announced in 2020 that the 1,400 advertising screens at public transportation stations were consuming as much energy as 21 schools with 10 classes. Environmental activists have covered or extinguished advertising screens in the past to demonstrate the energy consumption issue.