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 first reporting period, the project faced an extensive period of clarification. The APR procedure was not totally clear and the project needed some assistance to make up for the poor qulity of the report. JS has been very patient and helpful in this process and medio 2019 we finished this clarification and the APR 1.1 was approved.
In the same period, the project start facing several difficulties with regard to getting the pilots operational on time. Pilots face delays in investments, which affects delivery moths of deliverables and research activities on monitoring and testing financial models, CO2 reduction.
The project was also challenged to replace one of the pilots with another pilot. Due to substantiated legal objections to a new residential area in Bonheiden (IGEMO), the pilot zone will not be build during the project time. The partnership searched for an alternative pilot in order to deliver the promised outputs. Fluvius, the Flemish network administrator, was willing to participate as full partner with a substitute pilot. The pilot has the same purpose and similar preconditions as the initially assigned pilot. A major modification is required to set the project straight, since it is not going to deliver as written in the AF.
The achievement of the specific results is a point of attention. LP and PP3 have developed formats and spreadsheets to monitor and test the financial affordability and CO2 reduction. The actual data analysis depends on the provided data of the partners on their pilots. First priority is to get the pilots operational, two pilots are operational, two will follow in Q1 2020, and the last three (including the substitute pilot) in Q2 2020. The project is confident that it will gather enough data to realize the Outputs and report on the Specific Results. In January, we reflected on 2018. The LP presented their relfections on the pilot, instead of the pilots presenting their progress, including the specification of the financial models. The partnership focussed on having the models for research ready and getting the pilots operational. In october, we had indepth carousel meeting on the SLIC themes and identified deviations to the AF.
The project management was intensifly looking for solutions for the above mentioned challenges. We can close 2019 with a sound modification draft, keeping the project main objective and specific results in place. The partnership is strong and works together to find solutions that benefit all.