SMART-SPACE - Smart Sustainable Public Spaces across the NWE region

Project Summary

NWE faces a great challenge to shift towards a low carbon economy by 2050. Municipalities play a pivotal role, as they account for 70% of the NWE energy consumption and CO2 emission. Especially, standard public street lighting accounts for ~30% of municipalities‘ total electricity consumption. Advances in intelligent lighting systems offers the opportunity to significantly increase energy efficiency, thereby reducing the carbon footprint.

SMART-SPACE aims to facilitate the uptake of smart lighting in small/mid-size municipalities to enhance energy-efficiency and reduce CO2 emission. Using smart sensors attached to light poles, street lighting intensity can be automatically adjusted to the actual local needs, realizing 60% reduction in light energy consumption. However, until now implementation occurred mainly in small scale pilot projects, indicating that to reach the low carbon objectives requires a strong, transnational collaboration to move beyond piecemeal solutions.

SMART-SPACE brings together end-users (cities/citizens) and innovation stakeholders (research institutes, SMEs, enterprises) from NL, BE, FR and IE to jointly facilitate the uptake of smart lighting to reduce energy consumption and CO2 emission. SMART-SPACE will jointly: 1) develop an interoperable smart lighting platform adjustable to the specific needs of different municipalities; 2) demonstrate the impact of smart lighting on energy consumption and CO2 emission, while enhancing public space safety and liveability at 4 pilot municipalities; 3) increase awareness on smart lighting technologies and their potential; 4) develop a transition roadmap with procurement standards, implementation guidelines, and policy recommendations to the EU, and 5) establish the sustainable SMART-SPACE knowledge centre.
On the long-term, SMART-SPACE will result in the widespread uptake of smart lighting technologies for the public space to reduce energy consumption and CO2 emission across NWE.


Project Partners

Lead partner

Organisation Address Email Website
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Name Contact Name Email Country
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven Peter Bracke Belgium
Spie Infratechniek B.V. Martin Vergeer Netherlands
Stad Sint-Niklaas Sara van den Bossche Belgium
Stad Middelburg Tiny Maenhout Netherlands
Comhairle Contae Thiobraid Arann Anthony Fitzgerald Ireland
Intemo Special Products B.V. Janus Hoeks Netherlands
Technische Universiteit Eindhoven Innovation Lab BV Rianne Valkenburg Netherlands
Technische Universiteit Eindhoven Inteligent Lighting Instituut Elke den Ouden Netherlands
Université de Picardie Jules Verne Ahmed Rachid France
LUCI - Lighting Urban Community International Mark Burton-Page France
Fluvius Peter Strobbe


Europe Week

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The municipality of Middelburg, our partner in the SMART SPACE project, organized a ‘Europe Week’ between 18-29 November 2019. The municipality wanted to bring Europe and Interreg to the attention of its inhabitants (over 50,000) in a positive way. Middelburg is involved in many different projects throughout the municipality. Through the available European funding, these projects have been realized or are currently being implemented. Read More


Webinar | The Future Of Urban now!

, online Platform ‘Hopin’

Join this webinar, organised by LUCI. This session will offer perspectives on the challenges and questions about transcend urban lighting of today to help us build solutions and answers for tomorrow. Among others, this webinar will feature SMART-SPACE partners as keynote speakers: Mark Burton-Page, LUCI, speaking about lighting the resilient city and Dr Rianne Valkenburg, Tu/E who will focus on smart lighting opportunities and lessons learned from the SMART-SPACE project.
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Stakeholder workshops

, Middelburg, Tipperary, Ostend, Sint-Niklaas

Stakeholder workshops will be organised between December 2018 and March 2019 at each of the pilot site cities (Ostend (BE), Middelburg (NL), Sint-Niklaas (BE) and Tipperary (IE)) to gain insights on how people (stakeholders) experience the locations and to understand the various needs and requirements. This is the first step in understanding the future opportunities of a smart lighting system in the areas.
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