Advent is approaching, along with the period in which we normally light up our offices and homes with different kinds of Christmas lights. However, Europe is experiencing a strain on its electricity supply and the government has tasked all public authorities with saving energy this winter.

The University’s position on Christmas lighting in 2022 is that LED Christmas lights can be used sparingly in public areas, entrances and so forth. The lighting should be switched off at evenings and weekends when there are limited people on the premises.

Offices and other spaces may be decorated with Christmas decorations that do not use electricity, meaning we should not have advent candleholders in individual office spaces.

In terms of outdoor Christmas lighting, the University will make an overall assessment together with the property owners for each individual campus based on the following aspects:

  • the energy-saving mandate
  • security
  • pleasantness.