No light on all floors / France / Ecology / Mood note /

Not everyone has mastered the stages of transition like the RC Lens, starting with the government. Invited by France Info on Tuesday, the Minister of Sports, Amélie Oudéa-Castéra, spoke about the ecological transition and the possibility of ending sports programming at night, to limit energy expenditure, especially in terms of lighting.

“It’s not Versailles here!” » Used to highlight the carelessness of someone who forgets to turn off the light when no one is left in the room, and has been carried over in recent months by Total, who have made a whole advertising campaign out of it. , the expression is to take its full meaning. While the Minister of Sports, Amélie Oudéa-Castéra, recently opened the door to the end of nighttime sports programming to work to save energy, it is difficult to resist the temptation to discuss the situation of the club in the prefecture of Yvelines. .

Newly promoted to the National, FC Versailles recently spent the spring and part of its summer racking its brains to find a stadium that would meet the requirements of the French third tier. The reason? The Ile-de-France club cannot release its Montbauron stadium, due to the lack of lighting pylons that were deliberately removed to preserve the environment of the residence ordered by Louis XIV. And yet, the last semi-finalist of the Coupe de France, which should return to the stadium of Jean-Bouin, will have to do without it, because the Minister of Sports therefore spoke on Tuesday on the antenna of France Info the possibility . to end evening sports programming, starting this winter. For reasons presented as ecological. “It could be this winter that the game is at the center of the desire to support the ecological transition” launched the government official.

Ecological factors, therefore. We have the right to doubt it. We can first put in balance the large increase in gas prices (about €0.19 per kWh in July 2022, double the amount in 2010) and the scarcity of the latter, a result of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict. In fact, it is more economically beneficial not to consume too much so as not to see the bill explode, and it is better to take advantage of natural light as much as possible. On the other hand, if we focus on this climate issue, we can talk about the story of the hummingbird. Because of course, intrinsically, the idea is not necessarily stupid, but is the lighting really the most polluting factor in organizing a game? Especially since stadiums tend to have LED (light-emitting diode) lighting systems, which use less energy. So, to start laughing, why not. Provided that the preceding follows, that we have the right to doubt, there too. Because those who are satisfied with that will obviously turn a blind eye to dirt, the truth.

At 320 km/h, everything is far away

The preponderant, precisely, let’s go to it. Are we solving the problem from the right end when six round trips by plane between Paris and Marseille are equivalent to the average annual emissions of a French person to heat his house? And if the same train journey, which is claimed to be twice as long, is 50 times more economical in terms of carbon dioxide emissions? If Amélie Oudéa-Castéra wants to pound her fist on the table, she can – she must – force clubs to use rail rather than air whenever possible. “At 320 km/h, everything is far away” , says that the slogan of TGV Inoui advertising in the metro is good. Even a Paris-Lille. Even a Lyon-Paris. In short, it is difficult to hear this strong argument when the Champions Trophy is played in Israel, when most of the big clubs go on a summer tour on the other side of the world, and when the number of annual plane trips from the one Ligue 1 players can be counted in dozens.

And then finally, independent of any ecological question at the moment, come the questions of programming that make Amélie Oudéa-Castéra’s proposal lean towards sophism. It is difficult to imagine Amazon and Canal kneeling before the government to change the programming schedules that are known to be defined and no longer suit many people, it is difficult to imagine the sold-out ticket offices at the Aube stadium on a Wednesday in November at 2 pm, hard. to imagine the growth of the European attraction of our French championship without its posters on Sunday night at 9 pm, even if, across the Urals, we might see it as a godsend, because Asia will be able to take advantage of one you are always prime. time despite the good feelings and the love of the French. This is why, as planned, FC Versailles will play its “home” matches in Paris this season. And for once, when FCV supporters meet every Friday in the stands of the Jean-Bouin stadium, they will see that, in fact, it is not Versailles here.

By Clement Barbier

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