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New EU guidance for procuring greener road lighting

20 December 2018

On 10 December, the European Commission released new guidance for greening public procurement of road lighting equipment, covering new installations and retrofits. The guidance also covers traffic signals/lights. The recommendations are an update of the guidance developed a few years ago, and come in the form of practical criteria (EU GPP Criteria) which can be inserted into public calls for tender.

The environmental aspects covered by the new EU GPP criteria for road lighting are split into three areas: energy consumption, light pollution and lifetime. Procurement of traffic signals is considered separately, using criteria that are predominantly centred on life cycle costs. 1.3% of all electricity consumed in 2005 (by the EU25) was by road lighting installations - thus the use phase is the dominant impact category, according to life cycle assessment studies.

Complimenting the new guidance, a number of good practice cases from cities are available online, such as from Rotterdam (The Netherlands, Župa Dubrovačka (Croatia), and Jimena de la Frontera (Spain). More good practice examples are available from the website of the Premium Light Pro project. The new EU GPP Criteria will be available in all official EU languages in the coming months.

More information on the new guidance and other GPP related news can be found in the December edition of the GPP News Alert, a monthly newsletter providing news, good practice and stakeholder insights on GPP in the EU.

All EU GPP guidance can be found here.