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)