Learn how light is helping Rivas Vaciamadrid to rapid reach a sustainability landmark.
the targets that we set for ourselves: reducing emissions, increasing quality and uniformity, and achieving cost savings of 56%.”
- Carlos Ventura, Director of Telecommunications - Rivas Local Council
Rivas Vaciamadrid municipality had big plans. Aware of the impact of rapid population growth, the local authorities launched a project called ‘Rivas Emisiones 0’. Its aim was to reduce carbon emissions by 50% by the year 2020, and to achieve carbon neutral status by the year 2030. This would mean replacing the town’s lighting sodium vapour and metal halide lamps with green technologies.
LED lamps provided a state-of-the-art solution. Luma 1 and Luma Mini luminaires were installed in roads, residential areas and parks. They create a welcoming atmosphere where residents feel at home, with high-quality, uniform light. Footpaths and sports areas were given a new feel with ClearFlood LED floodlights. Their bright, clean light instils a safe and comfortable night environment.
In many cases, these cutting-edge lamps could be installed on existing light masts, for easy installation. And to save energy, all of the new fixtures can be dimmed when less light is needed. For instance, each Luma luminaire is programmed to give 100% of the lighting level needed during the hours of busy traffic, 70% during hours of less intense road use, and 50% for the remaining hours of darkness until sunrise.
At the time of writing, the municipality has replaced 82% of its lights with LED fixtures. Energy consumption has been reduced by 56%, and annual C02 emissions will fall by 990 tons.