Electric light improves the quality of living and is the basis of modern society. However, the illumination of public spaces causes huge production costs and, in Germany alone, results in CO2 emissions of more than two million tons per year.
One third of all street lamps are older than 20 years and no longer state-of-the-art. The use of available modern sodium discharge or LED bulbs can save 2.7 billion kilowatt hours of electricity each year, amounting to savings of about €400 million per year.
Although the European Union is planning to gradually phase out the use of the power guzzlers in our streets from 2015 on, the road to efficient lighting of public spaces is still long. The Berliner Energieagentur is supporting municipalities and clients from public administration and the industry in the implementation of energy-efficient lighting concepts and provides expert advice and information in the context of projects.