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Energy Show 2017: Streetlighting Workshops, 06-04-2017

A Streetlighting workshop session took place during the national Energy Show 2017 organised by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland. The Energy Show is a flagship annual event for all professionals in the sustainable energy management service area. The show saw over 4,700 visitors across the two day event. The Streetlighting workshops saw the participation of 87 public lighting professionals across the country with representation from all of the main local authorities in the country present and the national public lighting steering networks.

Objective & main programme point

Session 1 / Streetlighting Workshop: The objective of this session was to learn from best practice examples from Europe of strategic approaches and models and inform the development of a business case for Irish public lighting stock. The RMO (Road Management Office) presented on Ireland’s current status and plans for retrofitting public lights. This was followed by presentation from countries, similar to Ireland, who have or are the process of significant large scale public lighting retrofits. Project development supports in the EU and project financing options will be outlined.  Finally, there was a panel discussion on the various project models, and what models or approaches that could work in Ireland, including maximising the potential of EU support.

Session 2/Facilitated Discussion of Public Bodies: The objective of this session was to host a facilitated discussion on developing a roadmap towards large scale public lighting retrofitting In Ireland, to discuss the primary challenges to implementation within local authorities, seek advice and learnings from European best practice case studies, and agree action points to make progress at local, regional and national level in the next 3-12 months.

The programme was put in place to specially address the challenges to implementation of energy efficiency policy in public lighting in Ireland, to set the national context for the development of a roadmap for implementation under the PUBLEnEf project.

Session 1 Participants Input & Discussions:

  1. Training, Skills Competency, Career Opportunities for Public Lighting Designers – these areas were raised by a number of the professionals as a deficit in Ireland at present. It was noted that units of critical mass were required first to help address this. A number of training programme have been run in the last 12 months by SEAI/IPL and opportunities for more are acknowledged.
  2. Unmetered Supply, Central Management Systems – given the lack of metered public lighting in Ireland the need for inclusion of central management systems per light was discussed. In general EU practice indicates this is appropriate for urban applications but not feasible for rural applications.
  3. Procurement – the appropriate level of procurement was raised, decisions on bundling of local authorities regionally or nationally need to be made
  4. Lighting Design – a call for national guidance/specifications for public lighting design was made and is under consideration by the RMO. The EU examples both operated from national guidance on design. A sense of urgency from participants to produce this standard asap was expressed. It was noted as a current hindrance to progress. The requirement for independent designers, appropriate reviewing of proposed designs, the necessary resources that would be needed to fulfil that role were also raised. A number of concerns were raised on the appropriate colour temperature selection for specific end uses, again a call for national guidance on this was made.
  5. Total Asset Management – it was recognised that energy performance alone would not be an appropriate basis for a retrofitting business case and total asset management needed to be considered. Managing and integrating the upgrade of the poles, brackets and networks were central to the overall investment plan. The lack of a current condition survey for the Irish public lighting stock was acknowledged as a barrier to process on an asset management approach.
  6. Irelands legacy issues with regard to asset ownership and access have proofed challenging to deliver maximise energy savings in retrofit pilot projects. Appropriate design requirements need to be specified for new residential developments.
  7. Wifi Enabled/Smart Communications was raised as a potential issue to be addressed now to future proof any large scale retrofitting projects.

Session 2 Participants Input & Discussions:

  1. Citizens Engagement/Acceptance
  2. Appropriate Residential Area Colour Temperature
  3. Collective national decisions required at national level to address LED and lighting design specifications
  4. Market Engagement and Skills
  5. End of Life contract conditions for ESCO contracts
  6. Ensuring energy performance results in design
  7. Key steps required to progress this programme


The event was well attended and smoothly operated. The EnergyShow offered a great opportunity to ensure attendance by all the public lighting energy professionals.

The event was very well received by the target audience. The EU best practice presenters provided an invaluable source of information to the participants to address the key challenges they see in EE policy for public lighting.

Further direct follow up with the key players is required to build on this baseline and the EU partners form a key part in this process.

This event and the discussion outputs will form a key input into the development of the roadmap for public lighting retrofitting in Ireland.

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