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Low-Carbon technologies


Within the EU 2020 strategy Carbon reduction is a major theme. Europe's ambitious goals can only be achieved in this field when next to companies and individuals, also (local) governments will deploy more emphatically in energy conservation and renewable energy sources. Local governments are responsible for public lighting. The latter is a real energy consumer and responsible for a high level of Carbon (CO2) emissions. Attention and actions aiming on more energy efficient and (more Carbon efficient) public lighting is ‘the quick win' both in terms of Carbon and energy reduction. By focusing on sustainable public lighting with the basic principle "single light when and where light is needed" in combination with technological optimization can be up to 30% savings in energy consumption. The main problem is that, despite of the financial and ecological potential, the implementation of these techniques is lagging behind. That is partly because local authorities are not familiar with these techniques (technical complexity, lack of demo projects, ...). On the other hand, often times there is resistance from local politics and citizens because of financial (high investment costs) and perceived social motives (social and traffic safety). That’s why local governments often choose for conservative solutions, which reduce the opportunity to achieve both financial and ecological potentials. What needs to be demonstrated is: - Which technique is suitable for which circumstance and what are the consequences in practical circumstances (eg central light management systems)? - What is the effect if we remove the light part or lights will be replaced by other technology? - What is the social impact (in terms of crime) and traffic impact of sustainable public lighting? - how to realise awareness and to organise support to stimulate and to realise sustainable public lighting? - what kind of innovative financial instruments are possible to fund sustainable public lighting? According to the general opinion there is only one solution possible to demonstrate that sustainable public lighting has enormous potential: Convincing by showing!

Creation date: 20/05/2016

Bloc onglets

Bloc 1

Overall objective

The project objective is to persuade governments to invest in sustainable public lighting by means of practical demonstrations and pilots of innovative approaches and techniques and by developing methods and instruments. The targeted selection of the various practical demonstrations can demonstrate a wide range of (innovative) measures and techniques. By a large scale implementation of sustainable public lighting in the future, the energy use by municipalities can be reduced significantly, which has a huge impact on the energy efficiency of public infrastructure.

Bloc 2


- Several test / pilot / demonstration activities in which in practice ‘sustainable light concepts’ are applied as Carbon and Energy reduction solution in various urban and rural areas. - Financing model(s) and Feasibility studies how to invest in new carbon reduction light concepts. - Measurement model(s) how to measure effects on quality of life (subjective safety and atmosphere) and traffic safety - Stakeholder platform(s) to exchange en disseminate knowledge and expertise to improve and accelerate realisation of sustainable light concepts - Awareness concept(s) to get support for the implementation of sustainable light concepts

Bloc 3

Expected result

- The implementation of ‘energy and carbon reduction light concepts’ which means significant contribution towards energy savings and reduction. - Increased understanding, awareness and support for the deployment of innovative, energy-efficient forms of lighting by public light providers (such as operators), customers (municipalities) and users (citizens) - acceleration of the roll-out of new sustainable light concepts in the partner areas and in time also in other cities in the 2 Seas Region

Bloc 4

Cross-border added-value

The problems regarding the implementation of sustainable public lighting is relevant in the entire 2 Seas region: - Lack of technical know-how in municipalities - Shared ignorance about the consequences in terms of (traffic) safety, and social security)? - Similar landscape typologies - High "learning costs" Innovative techniques and measures (practice tests), but relevant to all users The potential of ‘Sustainable light concepts’ as well as the lack of implementation is existing throughout the entire Two Seas region. This means that finding solutions to change this situation is beneficiary for all member states. Cooperation between the four involved countries can contribute in speeding up this process, because all four countries have specific expertise in ‘sustainable light concepts. By combining the existing knowledge and experience new concepts can be more sophisticated and sooner applicable.