Arad public lighting with LED

Projet terminé
Two pedestrians on an illuminated path
Arad has a new energy-efficient street lighting system that allows the city to reduce its CO2 emissions. At the same time, people now feel safer when out at night. © SECO

In order to improve road safety and energy efficiency, a part of Arad’s public lighting system is modernized and extended. This includes the illumination of a bicycle road, a pedestrian boardwalk along the Mures River and 70 playgrounds around the City of Arad, as well as the modernization and extension of street lighting systems with LED lamps.

Pays/région Thème Période Budget
Protéger l’environnement
Efficacité énergétique et énergies renouvelables
28.05.2015 - 30.06.2019
CHF 2'762'049

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. Arad, a city of 148'000 inhabitants located at the Mures River in the northwest of Romania, is one of four selected pilot cities. Based on its Sustainable Energy Action Plan (SEAP) it has identified the rehabilitation of the district heating network as a priority infrastructure project. The project aims at creating a healthier environment through enhancing public spaces and reducing the emission of climate-damaging gases, as well as at improving the public finances of the city of Arad through reduced expenses on energy and maintenance of the public lighting system.


The goal of the project is to save energy and costs by improving the quality and energy efficiency of the public lighting system in Arad.

Groupes cibles

The direct beneficiary of the project is the Municipality of Arad, which will save costs and thereby be able to release funds for additional improvements and energy saving measures. Indirect beneficiaries are the 148'000 inhabitants of Arad, in particular families with children, who benefit directly from the increased availability of bicycle roads, boardwalks and playgrounds during evening hours, the improved road safety and security as well as from the improved public finances of the city.

  • The implementation of a public lighting system on Mures dam (1.4 km between Decebal and Trajan bridges) with 90 luminous points (LED 40W) to provide adequate lighting for a bicycle road and a pedestrian boardwalk.
  • The installation of lighting systems on 70 playgrounds in Arad with 298 luminous points (LED 40W).
  • The modernisation and extension of the street lighting system on the link road between Ovidiu, Tenetchi and Tribunal Corches streets with 185 luminous points (LED 160W), involving the replacement of about 130 existing sodium-vapor lamps with LED lamps and the installation of additional 55 LED lamps.
  • The lighting system in West and East Industrial Areas, in Sancicolaul Mic, in Centru and in Dragasani, Functionarilor neighbourhoods are fully equipped with LED lamps, installed and operational.

Résultats obtenus:  

  • 2’724 new street lamps were mounted. It is not yet possible to measure the energy and cost savings as well as the impact on the CO2 emissions.

Principaux résultats attendus:  

  • Improved quality of the street lighting. In compliance with European standards, 3'114 of luminous points are installed, using LED technology.
  • Energy savings of over 940 MWh/year.
  • Reduced yearly costs for energy and maintenance by approximatively CHF 123'000.
  • CO2 emissions are reduced by over 600 tons/year.

Direction/office fédéral responsable SECO
Crédit Contribution suisse à l'UE élargie
Partenaire de projet Partenaire contractuel
  • Institutions étatiques étrangères
  • Romanian Ministry of Public Finance and Romanian Ministry of Regional Development and Public Administration

Partenaire de mise en œuvre
Municipality of Arad

Budget Phase en cours Budget de la Suisse CHF   2'762'049 Budget suisse déjà attribué CHF   24'309
Phases du projet

Phase 10 28.05.2015 - 30.06.2019   (Completed)