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St Helens secures funding for sustainable street lighting

22 December 2009 12.00 GMT

(UK) - Consulting and business services group Mouchel have recently been successful in assisting St Helens Council and three European partners in securing funding to undertake a five year trans-national lighting project, named BLISS (Better Lighting In Sustainable Streets).

The projects aim is to examine further ways to reduce the amount of energy consumed within exterior lighting applications by installing lighting using innovative design techniques and the application of new and emerging energy saving sustainable products.

The project will critically examine the environmental impacts over the projected life cycle of a number of large scale pilot schemes installed across a range of external lighting situations including strategic / main traffic routes, residential areas, commercial centres, car parking areas and architectural lighting installations, whilst examining the effects that they have on crime / accident statistics, stakeholders perceptions and socio economic scenarios.

The project is part funded by the European Regional Development fund grant from the North West Europe INTERREG IVB investment programme which supports organisations who wish to work with other regions to find solutions to problems that they share, developing North West Europe’s knowledge-based economy by capitalising on our capacity for innovation.

Mouchel are working in close collaboration with St Helens Council and their three partners Eindhoven (NL), Interleuven (BE) and Kaiserslautern (DE) to foster and develop a collaborative approach to trans-national working, increasing understanding and promoting debate whilst challenging existing perceptions within the street lighting industry.

Following extensive research and consultation with each partner, identified observers, stakeholders and the general public alike, an initial benchmark document will be prepared to collate and compare a broad spectrum of criteria associated with the provision of street lighting in each partner area. The document will identify trans-national differences, general perceptions and each partner’s capacity for innovation leading to the production of a baseline report. The report will be used as a reference tool, which will be developed further during the design, implementation and monitoring stages of the project culminating in the production of a trans-national design guide. The guide will be disseminated throughout Europe and beyond so that other organisations can embrace the conclusions and recommendations of the project.  

Organisations interested in participating in this exciting trans-national project or would like further information are advised to contact


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