Project budget3 522 857 €
ERDF amount2 113 714 €
Europe, the 2 Seas area and local/regional authorities are far behind in meeting carbon reduction targets for 2020. Public lighting (PL) is responsible for about 35% of carbon emissions caused by local/regional authorities. The potential gains are high (up to 18%, i.e. 200 tons/year per average NL-municipality) and easy to achieve because of existing and new technologies. Nevertheless, so far only minor results have been realized, mostly because of uncertainty about various financial aspects (affordability, access to funding and proven business cases), but also because of lack of knowledge, lack of experience with innovative systems and about acceptance of safety issues (social and traffic). The challenge is to face these obstacles and barriers and to convince stakeholders to accelerate the roll-out of smart PL-systems by demonstrations, tools/models about carbon-reduction effects, technical, financial and social feasibility (including safety) based on innovative PL-applications.
Developing and testing of various methods, tools and concepts (funding, affordability, social and traffic issues) and the implementation and demonstration of proven innovative techniques (TRL scale 6-9) for energy savings, energy efficiency and renewable energy use in public lighting. All these actions aim to increase the uptake of sustainable public lighting concepts and carbon reduction by managing authorities.
- 5 developed and validated methods, tools and concepts to accelerate the use of low-carbon technologies in public lighting: funding models, business cases, public involvement and support, decision support tool and cross-border knowledge platform
- Overall monitoring and evaluation study about the outcomes of 7 funding models and business cases in real live conditions
- 7 pilots of different low carbon lighting techniques (dimming, remote, sensors, dynamic optimisation, low voltage solutions) in different surroundings (rural, urban, nature, business areas), including demonstrations, monitoring and evaluations regarding CO2-reduction and societal response
- A comprehensive feasibility study on 7 different low carbon PL-technologies applicable for other PL-managing authorities
- Involvement of over 200 beneficiaries as governments, entrepreneurs in lighting, nature conservation organisations and public interest organisations (road safety, inhabitants) within and outside the 2 seas area
Cross border approach
To reach the outputs and results and to make them accessible for all stakeholders in the 2 Seas area it is important to bring together expertise and knowledge of different countries in a single multi-disciplinary project team. The multi-disciplinary capability is required in order to achieve the optimal results regarding tools and models, monitoring of pilots, different PL-systems and circumstances. The Prov. of West-Flanders and WVI bring in their knowledge platform; Suffolk CC and IGEMO bring in their experiences with smart lighting, Portsmouth University and Avans UAS knowledge about (the development of) tools and models and the other pilot partners their experiences with preparation and implementation of systems. This cross-border cooperation is also required as a stepping stone to develop a future cross-border multi-disciplinary platform where stakeholders work together to promote and accelerate the implementation of innovative low-carbon PL-solutions.
After the approval of the project the SLIC partnership has held a startup meeting and a first project coordination group meeting. Next to explanation of JS the partnership talked about the deliverables for the initiation stage and they all pitched the local pilot. Avans and Portsmouth University presented the way they wanted to support the 7 demos.
In the first year of the project we had 3 PCG meetings in which the development of the pilots was the main point to discuss, next to finalise the initiation stage (in which we succeeded on time). Some of the pilots were developing in a fast pace (f.i. Etten-Leur) others were progressing more slowly (f.i. IGEMO). In this first year it appeared that the partnership had some work to do to find a way of working that suited the diversity in the pilots, the cooperation between Avans and Portsmouth. It took a bit longer than we had expected upfront.
This first phase of getting to know each otIher caused that the planning of some deliverables was not reached on time, but we saw some delay.
Because our project outputs were planned to be achieved at the end of the project, we had the time for some delay.
After the slow start all the pilots developed in a sound pace, with the exception of IGEMO. Avans and Portsmouth developed tools and instruments that will be used be partners for the monitoring of the pilots. We also organised a starting conference in Houten (NL) together with the Dutch association for Public Lighting.
In the fall of 2018 the pilot of IGEMO was changed due to a decision of the local government which makes it almost impossible to achieve the specified results before the end of the project. This is point of discussion between LP and JS. Pilotpartner Amiens was progressing in a sound way until a few months ago. They were not present at the partner meeting and it was not possible to get contact with them. This means currently an uncertain situation.
The cooperation within the project is very good. We have constructive meetings, site visits and all in a positive way.