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Design and manage public lighting

in a way that reduces energy consumption
without sacrificing comfort or aesthetics


  • 20,000

    lighting points installed

  • a 15-year

    Public-Private Partnership

  • a €35 million

    investment as the core
    element of the contract

Once home to Roman Catholic popes, Avignon is now a dynamic city with an architectural heritage, a world-renowned festival, a vibrant economy and a lively student scene. To bring out the best of the capital of the Vaucluse region, ENGIE is delivering a lighting project that is both creative and sustainable.

When its previous lighting contract for the city of Avignon expired, ENGIE was retained in 2013 for a further 15 years through a public-private partnership. The aim of the new contract was to strike a balance between the various needs: providing comfortable, non-intrusive lighting, showcasing the city’s exceptional architectural heritage and achieving energy savings.

A more low-key, economical form of lighting

The Avignon city authorities wanted the contract to provide a reduction in both energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. To achieve those objectives, ENGIE’s proposal was to replace all the existing lighting points with LED (light-emitting diode) technology, which combines higher performance with lower energy consumption.  Completed in 34 months, the replacement of existing lights with LEDs enabled the project to achieve its objective – reducing energy consumption by 36% over the period.

Energy savings:

the target achieved by using LED technology

Bringing light to a beautiful heritage

Avignon’s architectural heritage also benefits from this new form of urban lighting. Part of ENGIE’s proposal was to develop a light fitting specifically to suit Avignon’s city environment, with the design approval of architects from Bâtiments de France. ENGIE also provided creative designs for the lighting used to illuminate the city’s most prized architectural treasures, such as the Palace of the Popes or Avignon’s famous bridge, the Benezet. However, they were not the only innovations. ENGIE also created lighting to guide visitors with reduced mobility around various architectural points of interest at night. Wonderful façades, long-forgotten statuettes of the Virgin Mary, cornices and gargoyles are all now ready to be discovered, thrown into sharp relief by different sources of light.

lighting points

have been renovated

An intelligent approach to urban lighting

Thanks to the LED technology used on the project, lighting in the city is gentle and non-intrusive, while at the same time providing good visibility – and thereby ensuring the safety of residents. The technology has also made it possible to reduce energy consumption by lowering the power of some of the lighting installations at certain times of the day, and in specific targeted areas. The intensity of the light in different districts can be altered according to population density or the level of activity at night. To help with maintenance, all the technicians use tablet PCs on their inspection rounds to log requirements. Once centralized, this information can then be used to improve the planning of remedial work.

of the initial work

given to local firms or self-employed professionals

And tomorrow ?

Already a partner for the design and maintenance of the city’s lighting, ENGIE is also positioning itself as a potential partner for the construction of a tramway for the Greater Avignon area.

ENGIE would be able to carry out track works and provide complementary lighting for the 14km of track, which is due to be completed in 2025.

The Engie Today teams for avignon

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