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.
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.
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.