The energy consumption of Public Lighting (PL) installations plays a significant part in the Portuguese Municipalities’ current expenditures. In Portugal this consumption has been increasing at an average rate of 3% per year. In April 2008 the Portuguese Government approved NAPEE – National Action Plan for Energy Efficiency, a document that encompasses a broad range of programmes and measures considered essential to achieve the final energy efficiency objectives and energy services. The energy efficiency in public illumination is one of those programmes, including, among other measures, the creation of a regulation with minimal requirements (for both new installations and existing installations), the replacement of 300,000 mercury vapour lamps (phase out) and a reduction of 2% per year in energy consumption.
Consequently, AREANATejo decided to develop ‘ILUPub’, a project for the improvement of PL energy efficiency in North Alentejo Municipalities (15). ‘ILUPub’ includes the identification of PL energy consumption, the characterisation of PL network through an innovative methodology and the implementation of energy efficiency measures in order to achieve electricity consumption reduction as well as to promote and disseminate a good and transferable technological and environmental best practice. More specifically, the PL network characterisation innovative method allows the test of the functionality in current applications and technologies. Besides that, nowadays there are several available systems and techniques in order to achieve direct savings on energy consumption of PL (such as more efficient light systems (e.g. LED), flow regulation systems, light optimising technologies, etc.), along with an increase of bulb life (reducing waste production) and a significant reduction in equipment maintenance costs.
Portuguese Energy Efficiency Action Plan establishes the goal of a 2% reduction in public lighting energy consumption. The aim of ‘ILUPub’ includes surpassing this stated goal, leading to a best practice at both national and European level. The development of such a characterisation constitutes an innovative method for gaining some control on public lighting energy consumption. Thus, ‘ILUPub’ has been taken into account by many other Municipalities and Regions in Portugal and even EDP (electricity utility and responsible entity for electrical energy network in Portugal) has always been aware of and directly involved in the project. Moreover, the involvement of CIMAA (North Alentejo Municipalities Association), on behalf of the 15 Municipalities of North Alentejo (direct participants), proves the scale and magnitude of such a project.
|Award category:||going green|
|Sector:||Public administration, modernisation, institutional affairs, reform|
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|Keywords:||Public lighting, energy efficiency, CO2 emissions|
|Short English description:|| The aim of ‘ILUPub’ includes surpassing this stated goal, leading to a best practice at both
national and European level. The development of such a characterisation constitutes an innovative method for gaining some control on public lighting energy consumption.
|Level of government:||regional level|
|Size of organisation:||1-25|
|Number of people involved:||1-5|
|EU membership:||EU member|