Charter on Urban Lighting



LUCI Charter

The LUCI Charter on Urban Lighting aims to bring cities together around common principles in lighting and to mark the network’s commitment to sustainable development. It is the product of contributions from more than 40 cities around the world and more than a year of work led within the network by the City of Leipzig.

Promoting a culture of sustainability in lighting

This Charter aims to give a clear view of the issues that should be taken into account by sustainable lighting strategies, while simultaneously gathering LUCI members around a common vision of urban lighting. The Charter addresses challenges common to all:  energy efficiency, improvement of the quality of life, maintenance, recycling, light pollution, the cultural and social dimensions of lighting …
Above all, it provides a reference framework within which towns and cities can develop their own lighting strategies.

Read the LUCI Charter on Urban Lighting here

Charte LUCI de l’Eclairage Urban (in French)

LUCI Charta fur urbanes Licht (in German)

Carta LUCI del Alumbrado Urbano (in Spanish)

Signatory cities

At the moment, there are 62 signatory cities :

  • Abomey (Benin)
  • Agii Anargiri-Kamatero (Greece)
  • Albertslund (Denmark)
  • Alingsås (Sweden)
  • Amsterdam (Netherlands)
  • Bamako (Mali)
  • Bharatpur (Nepal)
  • Brussels (Belgium)
  • Bucharest (Romania)
  • Budapest (Hungary)
  • Chartres (France)
  • Changwon (Korea)
  • Chefchaouen (Morocco)
  • Copenhagen (Denmark)
  • Dakar (Senegal)
  • Derry~Londonderry (UK)
  • Dubrovnik (Croatia)
  • Durham (UK)
  • Eindhoven (Netherlands)
  • Eskilstuna (Sweden)
  • Galway (Ireland)
  • Ghent (Belgium)

  • Glasgow (UK)
  • Gothenburg (Sweden)
  • Guadalajara (Mexico)
  • Gwangju (Korea)
  • Hamburg (Germany)
  • Helsinki (Finland)
  • Jerusalem (Israel)
  • Jyväskylä (Finland)
  • Leipzig (Germany)
  • Le Havre (France)
  • Liege (Belgium)
  • Linköping (Sweden)
  • Lyon (France)
  • Madiun Regency (Indonesia)
  • Marseille (France)
  • Medellin (Colombia)
  • Morelia (Mexico)
  • Moscow (Russia)
  • Novi Sad (Serbia)
  • Osaka (Japan)
  • Oslo (Norway)
  • Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso)
  • Oulu (Finland)

  • Owerri (Nigeria)
  • Pau (France)
  • Paris (France)
  • Perth (Australia)
  • Porto Novo (Benin)
  • Puebla de Los Angeles (Mexico)
  • Rabat (Morocco)
  • Rome (Italy)
  • Rotterdam (Netherlands)
  • Seoul (Korea)
  • Saint Etienne Métropole (France)
  • Saint Louis (Senegal)
  • Saint Paul de Vence (France)
  • Taxco de Alarcon (Mexico)
  • Tallinn (Estonia)
  • Valladolid (Spain)
  • Wuxi (China)

With the “Leipzig Charter on Sustainable European Cities” signed by the European minister’s conference in 2007, Leipzig’s name has become synonymous with sustainability throughout Europe. With the “LUCI Charter on Urban Lighting” Leipzig is continuing on its path in the field of sustainable urban lighting.”
Wolfgang Kunz, Head of the City Planning Office, Leipzig (Germany)

“The fight against climate change is an environmental issue that engages us, as local authorities, to make public lighting a strategic priority for sustainable development. We are pleased to express our commitment to sustainable development to the world by signing the LUCI Charter on Urban Lighting.”
Soham El Wardini, First Deputy Mayor of Dakar (Senegal)

“The City of Ghent ratified the international LUCI Charter on Urban Lighting because it contains all the policy goals which the City of Ghent has already integrated in its own lighting strategyand environmental policy.”  
Martine De Regge , Deputy Mayor of Public Works and Mobility, City of Ghent (Belgium)


“One of the most important aspects of the LUCI Charter for us is the emphasis on using light to build the urban and cultural identity of the city. We have been doing this for a while now – the Valoa Oulu light festival, which will be taking place for the third time this year, is a part of our strategy to use light to make the city a better place for citizens and tourists, especially in the winter.”  
Piia Rantala-Korhonen, Deputy Mayor of Oulu (Finland)

“The Charter is a positive step for our growing network and reflects the
commitment of our cities to tackling this issue and promoting responsible urban lighting.”
Councillor Allan Stewart, Deputy Lord Provost, Glasgow City Council (UK)

The LUCI Charter on Urban Lighting marks a new stage in the development of the LUCI network and reinforces LUCI’s role in setting the international agenda on urban lighting.”
Jean-Michel Daclin, Honorary President of LUCI and former Deputy Mayor, City of Lyon (France)


“Sustainable lighting, i.e. better lighting with lower energy consumption that creates a safe and comfortable environment for citizens, is a key priority for us in Albertslund. We are also keen to work on some of the cultural aspects addressed in the Charter such as strengthening city identity by developing special lighting for key structures and events. Our involvement in the LUCI network, with its mix of people, cultures and new ways of working has been a great source of inspiration,”
Flemming Jørgensen, Municipal Councillor of Albertslund (Denmark)

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