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Rotterdam: on the road to all-LED streetlights in 2025

Despite a global pandemic that slowed down public works, the City of Rotterdam, a LUCI member, is on its way to complete an ambitious objective. By 2025, all streetlights in the Dutch port city will use LED technology. This conversion will make the city more energy-efficient.

The City of Rotterdam has set itself an ambitious target: ensure that all of its 100 000 streetlights use LED technology by 2025.

While currently 15 % of the city’s lighting system uses LED, the municipality aims to make that all-LED in the next four years.

This LED streetlight conversion is a key part of Rotterdam’s energy transition programme. The city aims to be climate neutral by 2050. “We have already extensively reduced our CO2 emissions since all our public lighting is powered by green energy. But replacing all street lighting with LEDs will take us even further: it will reduce energy consumption by up to 30%,” says Daisy van Eijck-Nilwik, Senior Advisor Public Space, City of Rotterdam.

« It will reduce energy consumption by up to 30% »

Daisy van Eijck-Nilwik, Senior Advisor Public Space, City of Rotterdam.

To reach this target, the overall pace of LED installation in Rotterdam has considerably increased. It now reaches 20% per year instead of the annual 4%. “We work neighbourhood by neighbourhood in a progressive manner. We have been installing an average of 400 luminaires per week,” says D. van Eijck-Nilwik. The replacement work has continued over the past year despite COVID-19.

Photo credits: Eric Fecken

An edited version of this interview originally appeared in Cities & Lighting magazine (Issue #9, 2021).

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