Greenpeace Luxembourg turned a Luxembourg roundabout into a sun on Sunday as part of a stunt to promote solar energy.
A group of environmental activists painted the Raemerich roundabout in Esch-sur-Alzette yellow, provoking traffic jams in the early afternoon. The paint was reportedly biodegradable and made from natural products.
At the centre of the roundabout they placed a banner reading “Go Solar Greenpeace”. A video of the stunt filmed with a drone was also posted on the Greenpeace Luxembourg Facebook page with the message “The sun is shining over Luxembourg. #GoSolar #RiseUp for Clean Energy.”
The stunt was reportedly aimed at pushing for further action after environmental talks at COP23 last week. Greenpeace Luxembourg wants more ambitious goals for generating sustainable energy and to life the threshold from 27% to 45% by 2030 in order to ensure that all energy comes from sustainable sources by 2050. Luxembourg has set itself a target of generating 11% of its energy from renewable sources by 2020.
This autumn, the Luxembourg government announced new feed-in tariffs for solar energy generated in the country. Meanwhile, the country signed a cooperation agreement with Lithuania in October to buy renewable energy from wind, solar and geothermal sources.