A Sicilian city prides itself on energy efficiency

Thanks to our comprehensive management services, Syracuse now has an efficient, eco-friendly street lighting system.

Syracuse, located in southwestern Sicily, is known for its history. The city center is both a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a popular tourist destination. But because of the region’s rocky geography and fragile ecosystems, the city must take strict measures to control urbanization.

In 2006 the city laid out clear priorities for its Agenda 21 Plan, including revamping its street lighting system to make it more energy-efficient. Syracuse called on Citelum in 2008 to provide comprehensive management services.

Optimizing operations and reducing energy consumption

Around half of Syracuse’s light fixtures will eventually upgraded. This work is already underway, putting the city firmly on the path to greater operating efficiency and energy savings. We have also installed lighting columns with reflectors, and have developed new maintenance procedures that improve the lighting system’s operations. These moves will enable Syracuse to meet its target of slashing energy consumption by over 20% and CO2 emissions by 4,800 tons/year.

Syracuse’s environmental achievements are attracting attention. ENEA (the Italian Agency for New Technology, Energy, and the Environment) is studying the city’s lighting system for the country’s Progetto Lumière—an initiative to promote energy efficiency across Italy through research and technology transfer.

Syracuse, Italy

  • 123,657 inhabitants
  • 13,800 lights
  • Project type: comprehensive street lighting management and light fixture upgrades
  • Date: 2008
  • Project length: 15 years