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Lighting up the streets
Well-functioning public lighting improves a city’s quality of life, but also contributes to
a city’s energy consumption and GHG emissions. The use of RE and energy efficiency
measures in public street lighting presents an opportunity to reduce energy demand,
to harvest financial savings from reduced electricity use and to reduce emissions. The cases of Sydney, Australia, and Nagpur, India, are examples
of local governments choosing suitable options for public lighting. In Sydney, existing
light bulbs have been replaced with more energy efficient ones. LED lighting is expected
to reduce electricity consumption in local street lights by 51% and CO2 emissions by
2,185 tonnes a year. In Nagpur, PV-powered street lighting systems have been installed
and significant energy and emissions savings are also being recorded.
Resource(s) downloads:
Sydney and Nagpur case studies [5_SydneyNagpur.pdf, 3779.05 kb]
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Type of resource:
  • Case Study
  • Electronic resource
  • Awareness raising
  • Capacity development
  • Implementation
Author: Emily Dowding-Smith, Contributors; (PACB) of IRENA; Richard Simpson, Nicola da Schio (ICLEI WS); Maryke van Staden and Siegfried Zöllner (ICLEI ES); Nik Midlam (Carbon Strategy Manager, City of Sydney, NSW, Australia); and Sanjay Jaiswal
Publisher: ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability and IRENA- International Renewable Energy Agency
Published in: 2013
Relevant for:
  • Australia
  • India
  • Asia
  • Oceania
  • Municipal
  • Residential
  • Energy efficiency
  • English
Free to use: Yes
Terms of use / copyright info:
For further information or for provision of feedback, please contact Dr. Rabia Ferroukhi, Policy Advisory Services and Capacity
Building Directorate (PACB), IRENA, C67 Office Building, Khalidiyah Street, P.O.Box 236, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates;
Email: ICLEI contact details:
The case studies are available for download at
Energy Subject:
  • Energy efficiency -Action
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