Most of Europe’s energy is consumed by cities and urban areas, which are also the origin of most greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Street lighting is a key public service provided by public authorities at the local and municipal level, and it is essential for road and personal safety and overall quality of life in urban communities.
The LIFE-DIADEME project will demonstrate a cost-efficient new street lighting dimming system that is designed to reduce energy consumption by 30% in comparison with state-of-the-art control systems. A distributed network of some 1 000 high-tech, low-cost sensors will be installed on a pilot basis in EUR, a residential and business district of Rome. As well as reducing street lighting energy consumption and CO2 emissions in compliance with the CEN 13201 standard on adaptive lighting, the distributed sensor network will enable the monitoring of noise, traffic and air pollution across the participating urban area. It will thus expand data acquisition, promoting more focused and transferable urban climate-related actions and enhancing road safety through the detection of anomalous conditions based on meteorological or traffic statistical data. In so doing, it will further facilitate the implementation of the strictest standards of road safety, climate mitigation and adaptation policies and urban initiatives.
The project will carry out a life-cycle assessment, life-cycle cost analysis and preliminary market and socio-economic analyses of the new system, which is expected to reduce street lighting maintenance, contribute to a reduction in national expenditure on public lighting and contribute to the reduction of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) in compliance with Directive 2012/19/EU.
Expected results: The project expects to achieve the following results:
The project outcomes have the potential to create a significant socio-economic and environmental impact at EU and global level. The project will be seamlessly integrated with green public procurement strategies and future smart cities scenarios, in addition to its important contribution to the update of future climate mitigation and adaptation policies on stricter emissions limits.