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Smart Light Concepts

Priority Axis

Low Carbon Technologies

Specific objective

Low Carbon Technologies

Lead partner

Avans University of Applied Sciences






Project budget

3 522 857

ERDF amount

2 113 714

ERDF rate



    Common challenge

    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.

    Main Achievements

    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.



    Municipality of Etten-Leur

    University of Portsmouth Higher Education Corporation

    Suffolk County Council

    Metropole of Amiens

    City of Bruges

    West Flanders Intermunicipal Association


    Province of West-Flanders


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    Small scale investment on the introduction of zero lighting combined with limited LED-lighting in different rural areas of Etten-Leur

    Thema: Climate change - Energy efficiency
    Type: Physical equipment/pilot
    Target: Energy agencies - Local, regional and national authorities - Regional development agencies, Chamber of Commerce