• Capabilities: Master Planning and Sustainable Urban Development
  • Sectors: Government & Municipalities, Public Sector

Berlin gas lamp conversion

Berlin, Germany - Converting some of Berlin’s historic gas powered street lights to modern LED technology is allowing visitors to the city to see Berlin in a new light.

€1.7m

Reduction in operating costs

500 tons

Saving C02 per year

“The change will lead to significant cost savings and a reduction of energy consumption”

As part of its efforts to increase energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the Berlin Senate Department for Urban Development and Environment (SenStadtUm) has launched a project to convert some of the city’s traditional natural gas powered street lights to modern LED technology.

Arcadis was tasked with the preliminary and final design phases and tender document preparation. The project will see approximately 600 pole-mounted gas lamps reconditioned where possible, or replaced with new electric versions. In addition, around 100 new lights will be added – increasing safety for traffic in the city.

The change will lead to significant cost savings, along with lower maintenance requirements and a reduction of energy consumption from 4,500 kWh to 100 kWh per lantern. This will be equivalent to some 500 tons of CO2 in the district of Neukölln alone.

In real terms, the conversion will also bring about significant financial savings of up to €1.7m in operating costs, which includes a saving of €1m in fuel expenditure.

More than half the world’s gas lanterns can be found in the German capital and they are an important part of Berlin’s historical identity. To preserve this traditional aspect of Berlin’s architecture, the new lanterns will be preserved in their original shape.

Outcomes

€1.7m

Reduction in operating costs

500 tons

Saving C02 per year

4,500 kWh to 100 kWh

Reduce energy consumption per lantern

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