Thursday 23 April
Bucharest: from Little Paris, to a Black Hole, to a LED-lit city
Cosmin Gheorghiu, Executive Director, Public Utilities Department, City of Bucharest
This presentation will offer insight into the evolution of public lighting in Bucharest throughout history, from the 19th century when Bucharest was the first city in the world lit with kerosene, to the Communist Regime when electricity supply was cut few hours a day for households. In the last decades, successive modernisation phases were undertaken by using new lighting technologies. In 2015, 9 000 out of 119 000 lighting points in Bucharest are LED lighting.
Cosmin Gheorghiu graduated from the Technical University of Civil Engineering in Bucharest. He previously worked as an engineer, Head of Division, Chief Engineer and Director of Bucharest Public Transport Operator (RATB).
Today, his main responsibilities at the City of Bucharest are to analyse the strategy for the rehabilitation, modernisation and development of Bucharest public services; to coordinate the implementation of the public lighting service, infrastructure works and the energy supply services.