Urban Lighting Workshop: Benefits of Sustainable Urban Lighting



Seoul, Republic of Korea


29-30 June 2017

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Target Participants

Up to 30 city officials (urban lighting decision-makers) from the Asia-Pacific region


Urban lighting, a crucial element of a city’s urban infrastructure, is an important public service that local authorities need to provide for their citizens. However in many cities, urban lighting is equipped with old and inefficient technologies. Streetlights represent one of the most cost-effective opportunities for energy savings and for reducing municipalities’ energy costs and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Well-planned urban lighting using new energy efficient technologies does not only reduce energy consumption costs and makes cities more sustainable, it is also a tool to improve the quality of life in cities.

Improving the lights in the city will have substantial co-benefits even if they can be hard to economically quantify. In addition to improving visibility on roads and increasing perception of safety and security in the city at night, good urban lighting supports local economic development. Through a better design of public spaces, through city branding, lighting will make the city more attractive for tourists and residents; it will help create an identity for the city. Light also has major positive impacts on health & wellbeing, social cohesion and cultural awareness.

Last but not least, urban lighting is rapidly and undeniably evolving into a smart city solutions carrier. The lighting grid can be a smart grid for future public services aimed at increasing the quality of city life. This is part of the digital transition cities worldwide are facing at the moment, and a new, integrated innovative approach towards urban lighting is badly needed with a broader field of different stakeholders.

The mega-city of Seoul, which has comprehensive urban lighting policy, strategy and actions plans to ensure sustainable urban lighting and which, in 2017, upgraded its lighting plan to include innovative energy-saving street lights with advanced IT and LED technology is the ideal city to host this workshop.

Learning Objectives

This workshop is a unique opportunity to meet and learn from urban lighting experts and engage in peer to peer knowledge, transfer and exchange of good practices and solutions. This will be enabled especially through group discussions and analysis, interactive work sessions, networking and site visits. The workshop is designed for up to 30 local government officials from Asian cities. Workshop participants will receive:

  • Understand the opportunities and benefits of sustainable, well-planned urban lighting
  • Get an overview of the implementation process towards renewed lighting
  • Get an idea of the role of urban lighting in smart city concepts and how to process the digital transition in lighting
  • Establish new partnerships, facilitate city-to-city cooperation and similar initiatives after the workshop


Seoul Metropolitan Government

Seoul is a dynamic and attractive mega-city with a population of 10 billion people that has a history of over 600 years as a capital city, cutting-edge information technology and a wonderful natural environment. For further information about Seoul Metropolitan Government, please visit http://english.seoul.go.kr/


Founded in Lyon 15 years ago, the LUCI network has been evolving as an international platform of inter-city exchange aiming to reinforce cities’ capacities for action and progressing together on the challenges of urban lighting. For further information about LUCI, please check out http://www.luciassociation.org/


City Net is the largest association of cities and urban stakeholders committed to sustainable development in the Asia-Pacific region.

Online Application Form for Participants

If you are interested in participating in the workshop, please fill out the online application form before May 23, 2017. If you can’t access the online form, please download Offline Application Form and send it to programs1@citynet-ap.org.

Supporting Partners


Contact and further information

Felix Kalkowsky, programs1@citynet-ap.org

Nikita Junagade, luci@luciassociation.org