On February 19, in Polotsk, the final conference of the PubLiCity project was held in Steklovolokno cultural center, where the results of the most ambitious modernization of city lighting in Belarus were presented.
The PubLiCity project has been implemented in Polotsk since 2015 with financial support from the European Union. Thanks to the project, almost two thousand new LED lamps, new lighting poles, control boxes, and 12 autonomous solar-powered lamps appeared on 28 streets of the city, as well as 26 city objects received new decorative illumination, including the stair to St. Sophia Cathedral, the boulevard on Francis Skorina Avenue and a bridge over Zapadnaya Dvina river.
At the conference “Public Lighting in the Cities of Belarus: Present and Future” there was an opportunity to learn how lighting was modernized in Polotsk and how the new LED lighting helped the city to save energy, as well as discuss with experts the current situation and opportunities for the development of “smart lighting” in Belarus. In the framework of the conference, Polotsk and several other cities of Belarus signed a declaration on joining the new goals of the Covenant of Mayors on Climate and Energy in order to continue to contribute to the reduction of CO2 emissions.
During the conference, panel discussions were held on urban lighting technologies, as well as on the importance of energy-efficient lighting for sustainable urban development. Technical experts were able to visit the exhibition of modern equipment for the public lighting modernization.
Everyone was welcomed to listen to the lecture “Lighting Design in an Urban Environment”. Sergey Sizyi, founder and creative director of the LiDS lighting design studio, a member of the international union of lighting designers IALD, talked about light works in urban environment and analyzed the latest trends in lighting urbanism.
The official opening and demonstration of the new public lighting and control system installed within the framework of the PubLiCity project took place at the end of the conference at 18.30.
Final conference took place within project “PubLiCity” that was funded by the European Union within the EU4Energy initiative. The project wass implemented by Polack Executive Committee and Interakcia Foundation.
The EU4Energy Initiative covers all EU support to improve energy supply, security and connectivity, as well as to promote energy efficiency and the use of renewables in the Eastern Partner countries Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. It does this by financing projects and programmes that help to reform energy markets and to reduce national energy dependence and consumption. Over the longer term, this makes energy supply more reliable, transparent and affordable, thus reducing energy poverty and energy bills for both citizens and the private sector.More information on: www.EU4Energy.eu.
This publication has been produced with the assistance of the European Union in the framework of the EU4Energy Initiative. The contents are the sole responsibility of Local Foundation for Promotion of International Dialogue and Cooperation ‘Interakcia’ and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Union.