Mexico City

A capital city of light in Latin America

Mexico City has launched a program to upgrade its entire lighting infrastructure. Thanks to our public-private partnership, the city was able to finance the necessary investments rapidly.

Mexico City is the world’s third largest megalopolis and holds an important place in Latin American history. While Mexico City is one of Latin America’s most dynamic urban areas, the city is also facing serious problems like pollution, energy dependency, and a deteriorating quality of life.

Several years ago, the Mexico City Federal District introduced a policy to manage the city more sustainably. This policy—which the District hopes will become a model for other cities—included a Green Plan with the following objectives:

  • Cut CO2 emissions by 14% by 2012
  • Reduce the energy consumption of public infrastructure

To achieve these goals, the city decided to overhaul its public services and infrastructure, including lighting, in the historic center and along the main streets and avenues—the city’s “central nervous system”.

Mexico’s first public-private partnership for street lighting

In order to finance the vast renovation work needed, Mexico City formed a public-private partnership with us and opted for our comprehensive management services. This partnership is the first of its kind for street lighting in the country.

Our arrangement had to guarantee rapid investment to:

  • Expand the existing lighting system (particularly in poorly-lit areas) by 37%
  • Upgrade 86% of the lighting equipment to cut energy consumption by 25% and CO2 emissions by 9 tons/year

Innovative services

Our remote lighting management system generated the required energy efficiencies, while our proprietary PackWeb® software helped improve the day-to-day operations of the entire lighting system.

Unique lighting designs

Mexico City (whose historic center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site), took advantage of our partnership to pursue efforts to beautify the neighborhoods covered by the project. Our distinctive artistic lighting designs will be implemented as part of several lighting masterplans we developed for the city, illuminating some thirty heritage buildings and monuments. Mexico City is well on its way to becoming Latin America’s capital city of light.

Mexico City, Mexico

  • 23 million inhabitants
  • 49,000 lights
  • Project type: comprehensive of street lighting management under a public-private partnership
  • Date: 2010
  • Project length: 10 years