Suceava public lighting with LED

Project completed

In order to improve road safety and save energy, Suceava’s street lighting system was modernized and equipped with modern LED lamps and a telemanagement system.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Protecting the environment
Energy efficiency and renewable energy
02.04.2015 - 07.09.2019
CHF  5’238’108

Note: the texts under all the headings, with the exception of 'Results achieved', describe the situation before the start of the project.


Under the Swiss-Romanian Cooperation Programme the European Energy Award is being introduced in four Romanian pilot cities. The European Energy Award is a quality management and certification system for municipalities committed to sustainable municipal energy, climate and transport policies. It is based on the label “Energy City”, which has originally been developed in Switzerland. Suceava, a city of 92'000 inhabitants located in the northeast of Romania, is one of the four selected pilot cities. Based on its Sustainable Energy Action Plan (SEAP) it has identified the modernization of the street lighting, which is currently responsible for a substantial part of the energy consumption in Suceava, as a priority infrastructure project. Although the public lighting system of Suceava covers the entire network of city streets, it is partially ineffective and energetically inefficient, notably because of up to 50-year-old cables in certain districts.


The goals of the project are to improve the quality and energy efficiency of the street lighting system in Suceava in order to enhance road safety and security as well as to save energy and costs.

Target groups

The direct beneficiary of the project is the Municipality of Suceava who will save costs and thereby be able to release funds for additional improvements and energy saving measures. Indirect beneficiaries are the 92'000 inhabitants of Suceava and its visitors who benefit directly from the improved road safety and security and indirectly from the improved public finances of the city.

  • The replacement of 3816 old mercury- or sodium-vapor lamps with LED lamps, using the existing poles and cables;
  • The introduction of a telemanagement system to monitor and optimize the operation of the street lighting system.

Achieved results:  

  • Suceava has replaced old street lamps with 3,800 energy-efficient LED lights that can be individually controlled by means of a state-of-the art control system, making the streets safer at night.
  • In addition, 9,200 energy-efficient indoor LED lamps have been installed. It is estimated that thanks to Switzerland's support, Suceava is able to save CHF 150,000 in energy costs per year and reduce its CO2 emissions by 1,460 tonnes per year.

Directorate/federal office responsible SECO
Credit area Swiss Contribution to the enlarged EU
Project partners Contract partner
  • Romanian Ministry of Public Finance and Romanian Ministry of Regional Development and Public Administration

Implementing partner
City of Suceava

Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF    5’238’108 Swiss disbursement to date CHF    3’796’230
Project phases

Phase 10 02.04.2015 - 07.09.2019   (Completed)