The UNDP-GEF "Green Urban Lighting" project, in partnership with the RA Ministry of Nature Protection and Yerevan Municipality, organises a Yerevan Green Lighting Week on 23-27 October aimed at raising public awareness about energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly lighting solutions. The campaign is in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals #7 (Affordable and Clean Energy) and #13 (Climate Action). Throughout the week, all citizens will have the opportunity to engage in a number of educational and fun activities related to energy-efficient LED technology.
What Is LED Lighting?
LED – Light Emitting Diode – lighting is an exciting development in technology that’s arrived in Armenia! LED road and street lighting makes driving at night safer and being out after dark more enjoyable. LED uses eight times less energy than traditional light sources, contributing directly to reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, and making our environment more pleasant for everybody. Now, supported by major funding from the Global Environmental Facility (GEF), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the RA Ministry of Nature Protection, we’re able to experience the benefits of a project that delivers directly against the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals #7 (Affordable and Clean Energy) and #13 (Climate Action).
Yerevan residents and visitors are already enjoying the new LED lighting at the following locations: the airport road, Mashtots and Arshakunyats Avenues, and Tsitsernakaberd and Athens Streets. Since March 2015, around 1300 LED light fixtures have been putting this part of the city in a whole new light. In addition, the Yerevan Zoo is basking in the light from 160 new LEDs. With 500 tons of reductions in greenhouse gas emissions annually, from these five new installations alone, the move to LED doesn’t just look good. It’s great for the environment too.
And the benefits don’t stop with environmental protection. The super-efficient LED technology brings significant savings to the Yerevan Municipality energy budget. Specifically, the 5 streets already refurbished with LED lights are bringing an impressive spending reduction of $115,000 every year. Money saved can be applied to new street improvements, without the need for ongoing external investment. So big savings, great value for money, and real sustainability are all being delivered by LEDs.
How Can LED Lighting Change YOUR World?
LED lights are making a big difference already in some of our most important public spaces. But this is only the beginning of the benefits. LED bulbs are not restricted to street lamps. You can access the same technology in your home. Simply swap the traditional incandescent bulbs with new LED versions.
Yes, they do cost more. But the benefits are very, very attractive. LED bulbs last much longer, up to 50X longer, use 8X less electricity and look more welcoming and stylish. (For example, they are dimmable, allowing you to instantly change the mood in every room, and use less energy, through your lighting.) So you can now enjoy a home makeover, save money and be kind to the environment – every time you switch on the lights, and for years to come!
How Can Green Lighting Week Involve YOU?
To celebrate the great potential of LED lighting AND get everyone involved, Yerevan Green Lighting Week is a fun programme of events in Yerevan. There are surprises, adventures and rewards to be enjoyed by everyone. So keep your eyes open – day and night – and discover what excitements will be revealed when you change to LED.
Share the Light. Share the Love.
Throughout Green Lighting Week look out for special locations in Yerevan, where you can change your traditional light bulbs for LEDs. All you have to do is bring along an ordinary incandescent bulb, in any condition. In exchange, you’ll get a new LED bulb to use at home. As well as the free LED bulb, you can also win a voucher for a little surprise gift: a rose, wine, coffee, chocolate or museum tickets! So you could treat a loved one to a nice surprise. Or you may even decide to indulge yourself!
Boothes will be working from Monday to Friday from 12 pm to 8 pm at the following addresses (please see the map below)
October 23, 24, 25
► Nothern Avenue, near the fountains
► near "Yeritasardakan" metro station
October 26, 27
► Garegin Nzhdeh Square, near "Ameriabank"
► micro-district 2 of Nork Nork, near the Market
Putting Green Lighting Under The Spotlight
Come and discover what some of our brightest thinkers have to say about developing a green city, running smart technologies and creating a great environment for everybody. The format is a PechaKucha Night. If you’ve not heard of PechaKucha yet you’ll love it. Beginning in Tokyo, PechaKucha literally means, “chit-chat” in Japanese. Each presentation involves a speaker showing 20 images, each for 20 seconds. It’s fast-paced and fun: each speaker has less than 7 minutes to make their point!
Come along to the AGBU Armenia Building at 19:00 on Friday, October 27th.
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