Project Details

Title: Public Lighting Strategies for Sustainable Urban Spaces
Priority: 2: Environment and risk prevention
Theme: Energy and sustainable transport

Type of intervention

Type of intervention: 2: Capitalisation Project
Fast track: No
Duration: 1st Oct 2010 - 31st Dec 2012


Total budget: €1,689,508.00
ERDF contribution: €1,303,145.30

Lead partner

Eindhoven Municipality
Kennedyplein 200
P.O. box 90150 5600 RB, Eindhoven

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    • Contact Person: Mr. Rik van Stiphout
      Phone: 003140 2386339
      Fax: +31 40 238 6603

Project summary

The lighting of public space accounts for 60% of public energy use in an average city. It is clear that any reduction that can be achieved will have a significant impact on total energy use and, therefore, on CO2 emissions, without forgetting the positive effects on public finances. The PLUS project makes a significant contribution to decreasing energy use and rationalizing energy consumption related to public lighting.

It will do so by analyzing the existing public lighting strategies of each partner as well as the actions developed thus far, by means of 'deep dive' visits which will each time focus on a specific environmental challenge in the field of lighting. Successes and shortcomings will be identified, and be compared to the other partners' own experience. Each deep dive will lead to an individual set of recommendations, resulting in an improved public lighting Strategy and Action Plan for the participating cities and regions.

The purpose of this strategy capitalising on existing good practices and results related to energy saving and efficiency, is to offer viable solutions to the environmental challenges each partner faces, later to be financed through Structural Funds OPs. Dissemination of project results is a core activity of this capitalisation project. Matching and accelerating existing knowledge of partners using the deep dive methodology bringing together all relevant stakeholders at partner level will result in high quality strategies which are not only of interest for the partner cities but all over Europe.

By focussing on new ways of approaching the field of urban public lighting utilising technological innovation, the project contributes to energy efficiency, and ultimately sustainability and economic success. Due to the multi-faceted nature of public lighting, lighting strategies in public spaces may only be designed and implemented in an integrated way, also taking into account aspects of

e.g. urban lighting pollution, citizens' sense of safety, traffic regulation, social cohesion & city marketing.

The PLUS project unites the following cities and regions, all having clear public lighting strategies or being in the process of developing one: Eindhoven, Nice Côte d'Azur, Lyon, Birmingham, Leipzig, Bassano del Grappa, Sofia, Patras, Burgos, Tallinn and Iasi. The consortium is completed with LUCI, the global network uniting cities and lighting professionals. All of these partners are well aware of the multi-faceted role public lighting can take in their community, and of the contribution it may make, if used properly, to the sustainable development of Europe's cities. The consortium as a whole represents an intentionally composed palet of cities/regions bringing in existing good practices that will, as a result of the project, improve their existing public lighting strategies and action plans, or that will further help them realise their ambitions in this field.

Project achievements

The PLUS project (Public Lighting Strategies for Sustainable Urban Spaces) capitalised on existing urban lighting best practices on energy efficiency in European cities. It aimed to offer a set of recommendations leading to the improvement of cities lighting strategies. PLUS partner cities were: Lyon (France), Nice Côte d'Azur (France), Patras (Greece), Iasi (Romania), Bassano del Grappa (Italy), Birmingham (United Kingdom), Tallinn (Estonia), Leipzig (Germany), Burgos (Spain), Sofia (Bulgaria), Eindhoven (Netherlands, lead partner). The LUCI association (Lighting Urban Community International) also joined the PLUS consortium for communication and dissemination of the results to a wider specific audience throughout the world. The project was launched in February 2011 in Tallinn during the LUCI City Under Microscope event taking place at the same time. The launch consisted of introducing the best practices of each city.

The best practices of each PLUS partner city were summarized in succinctly described themes. Lyon - 'Temporality in Street Lighting', Nice - 'Control of Energy Consumption', Patras - 'Fragmented Initiatives', Iasi - 'Replacing to Intelligent Lighting', Bassano del Grappa - Containment of Public Lighting', Birmingham - 'Flexible Approach to Output Specifications', Tallinn - 'Intelligent Lighting Test Streets', Leipzig - Integrated Urban Development Concepts', Burgos - 'Double Level Regulation', Sofia - 'Social Aspects of Public Lighting', Eindhoven - 'Creating a Public Lighting Experience'. Matchmaking on these theme's (Nice, March 2011) resulted in the composition of a diversity of expert teams, 6 to 7 delegates from participating cities professionally interested in individual cities themes. These expert teams were then assigned to the city visits called 'Deep Dives' which took place between spring 2011 till winter 2012.

The PLUS project required all partner cities to produce a ‘Public Lighting Strategy’ and ‘Action Plan’. The cities were encouraged to implement the results of the Deep Dive visits, the three Regional Lighting Forums and the SWOT analyses to inform and complete the content of these policy documents. All these tools and documents per partner were used to produce the already acclaimed mainstream guide – ‘Guidelines from cities on sustainable public lighting strategies’. The next step is to realize all the local action plans per city. This complex follow up has been started from 2013 or later, partly depending on the availability of new (European) funding. In the last period of the PLUS project all the partners were already focusing on these funds. The success of the PLUS project was unquestionable the close harmonious cooperation between partners and the Deep Dive trainers.

Their tools, especially developed for this purpose, helped the cities understand their baseline: the Self-Assessment Report, the Deep Dive Report and the SWOT analyses. Through these tools cities were encouraged to describe the existing situations and problems in full detail, including what already is being done and by whom. Thanks to the PLUS project universities, private companies and cities can start to see the need of rethinking the future of public lighting in dialogue and togetherness. PLUS and her results will stimulate and inform the worldwide discussion on sustainable urban spaces and the role of lighting in urban development. Public lighting is no longer a servant to the city. Todays public lighting means creating experiences. With this in mind the PLUS project has attempted to strengthen the awareness of policymakers on the benefits of new sustainability based approaches to public lighting.


Institution, Town Country Region Contact details
Eindhoven Municipality, Eindhoven NETHERLANDS Noord-Brabant 003140 2386339
City of Lyon, Lyon Cedex 01 FRANCE Rhône-Alpes +33 (0)4 72 53 58 02
Nice Cote d'Azur Urban Community, Nice cedex 3 FRANCE Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur 0033 (0)4-97-13-36-57
Strategic Plan City of Burgos, Burgos SPAIN Castilla y León +34 947 25 79 05
Municipal Enterprise for Planning and Development of Patras S.A. (ADEP S.A.), Patras GREECE Dytiki Ellada +30 2610 361 747 ;
Iasi Municipality, Iasi ROMANIA Nord-Est 0040 765 355 190
Municipality of Bassano del Grappa, Bassano del Grappa (Vi) ITALY Veneto (0039) 0498 043 322
Birmingham City Council, Birmingham UNITED KINGDOM West Midlands 441213034026
Municipality of Tallinn, Tallinn ESTONIA Eesti 3726404571
City of Leipzig (Department for Urban Development and Reconstruction, City Planning Office), Leipzig GERMANY Leipzig +49 341 123 4897
Municipality of Plovdiv, Plovdiv BULGARIA Yuzhen tsentralen +359 32 656 427
Lighting Urban Community International (LUCI), Lyon FRANCE Rhône-Alpes 00 33 4 72 10 56 15
Foundation 'Sofia Developement Association`, Sofia BULGARIA Yugozapaden ++35929530246


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