Over recent years, the Eiffel Tower has undergone renovations that made it a sustainable landmark. It is one of the must-visit attractions while on Paris tours, especially when it gets lit up during sunset. The Eiffel is a sight for the sore eyes particularly at that time of day, but did you know that renovations have also made it more energy efficient and environmentally-friendly?
The 1st floor of Eiffel Tower underwent renovation for over 2 years, even as the monument stayed open to the tourists and natives. Besides providing a brand-new look for sightseers, the purpose of this refurbishment work was to reduce Eiffel’s ecological footprint. In fact, Société d’Exploitation de la Tour Eiffel funded the renovation with a broader objective, which was to contribute to Paris city’s long-term Climate Action Plan.
This goal can be achieved only if the City of Lights manages to reduce greenhouse gas emissions over the longer term. The Paris example sends the rest of the world an important message – protect your landmarks now so that the environment at large will not be at stake in future. Air pollution is one of the threats that challenge advanced global economies, as is climate change. No wonder the authorities of Eiffel Tower have taken the right step toward achieving this goal.
If one of the world-famous landmarks has chosen to convey the message that making the city sustainable for everyone is important, it is a clear sign that the rest of the world should take heed and make the right moves to tackle climate change. The sustainability measures which SETE took to make Eiffel Tower more energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly include placement of solar panels, a system for rainwater collection, LED Lighting, wind turbines, and heat pumps. Even as the renovation works were taking place on the Eiffel, its operating company made it a point to ensure that the tourism side of things did not get affected.
For starters, the wind turbines were installed on the 1st floor of the tower so that more power could be generated for its commercial section. Besides, the setting of powerful solar panels = was for water heating purposes on its 2 pavilions. What’s more, water for the toilet on the 1st floor is supplied through a rainwater collection system, and the lights are now LED.