The City of Geneva, with its 195 160 inhabitants, is today the heart of a franco-valdo-genevoise urban area of almost 800 000 inhabitants, spread over almost 2 000km2.
Temporarily slowed down by recession in the 1990s, demographic and economic development has resumed with even greater intensity since 2000, with annual growth rates greater than 1%, making the urban area one of the most dynamic in Europe.
Owing to its international renown and tradition of hosting international organisations, Geneva attracts economic players from all over the world and has a cosmopolitan environment.
PUBLIC LIGHTING MANAGEMENT
The municipality is responsible for
- street lighting
- decorative and architectural lighting
- lighting for sports facilities
- festive lighting (christmas lighting and a light festival)
The maintenance of the public lighting is managed thanks to a GIS (Geographic Information System). The maintenance of the public lighting network is outsourced through a specific contract.
Lighting master plan
The main axes of the lighting master plan are:
- Designing a global city light planning strategy
- Enhancing the environment and image of Geneva
- Favouring the needs of the citizens as much as city image
- “Lighting less but more effectively”
Some recently implemented lighting projects
- Improving and replacing 4,500 mercury vapour luminaires
- Creating a new “TCOB” (Tram Cornavin-Onex-Bernex) tram line / redeveloping lighting on certain routes and specific stops
- Replacing all of the incandescent lamps of the roadstead’s rope light with a light-emitting diode lamp, developed by the City of Geneva
- Completely redeveloping plaine de Plainpalais
- Redeveloping Longemalle, Simon-Goulart and St-Gervais squares
- Lighting quai du Seujet
Perspectives for the future
Some of the public lighting projects that the Geneve will implement in the coming years are:
- CEVA (Cornavin-Eaux-Vives-Annemasse rail link project): construction of a regional express railroad line between Switzerland and France, with several stations
- The Greenway
- he eco-district « La Jonction »
- Completing replacement of mercury vapour luminaires, including street lamps in the old town
- The Bourg-de-Four square
LIGHTING FACTS AND FIGURES
- Number of lighting points: 22 800
- Total power used for public lighting (kW): 5 500 000 kW
In 2014, four sites will be illuminated in Geneva by contemporary artists parallely to the Christmas lighting.