The 2012 Stability Law proposed the switch off of public lighting systems in order to reduce energy consumption. However, as pointed out by Adolfo Guzzini, we should not head down this path, but rather seize the opportunities linked to the modernization of public lighting systems.
To deal with these subjects and also to provide a range of practical proposals, iGuzzini illuminazione promoted a meeting for the Marche region’s Public Authorities, which was held at the Light Laboratory on 7 May. Various public officials, street lighting engineers and independent lighting consultants from the UK were also present at the event.
The theme was covered from a variety of viewpoints: Adolfo Guzzini welcomed those in attendance, presenting an overview of the economic - production situation linked to LED technology, then handed over to Fabrizio Cobis of Miur (Ministry of Education, University and Research) who outlined the Horizon 2020 research programme, and to Patrizia Sopranzi (Marche Region Innovation, Research and Competitiveness) who spoke in some detail about sustainability as a factor of change and how it affects the POR 2014 regional operating programme, even referring to the innovative aspects of new pre-commercial procurement. Gianni Drisaldi, chairman of AIDI (Italian Lighting Association), handled the subject of LEDs, starting with the problems faced by Public Authorities. Sabrina Romano and Fabio Moretti of ENEA (Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and the Environment) presented the tests being carried out at the ENEA La Casaccia research centre and announced the application of a Smart management network for the city of L’Aquila.
Sara Giannini, Marche Region Councillor for Production, drew the conclusions from the meeting, again stressing how the decision to innovate, using new lamps, management and control systems, is the only way forward, not just in terms of energy savings, but also for economic growth.
The meeting was followed by a test of the lighting effect and actual energy consumption of some of the latest LED urban lighting systems installed in the iGuzzini Outdoor Light Laboratory.