Green Urban Lighting

What we do

Typical inefficient high pressure sodium lamp and plastic fixture widely used in municipal street lighting sector

Urban lighting is the second largest source of municipal greenhouse gas emissions (after heating), accounting for about one third of municipalities’ GHG emissions and up to 50 percent of their electricity bill. Urban lighting costs of Armenian municipalities account for more than USD 5 million per annum (power costs and maintenance). The capital city of Yerevan has the largest energy consumption and saving potential in its lighting sector: it accounts for approximately 80 percent of all urban lighting energy use in the country.

The overarching goal of the project is to save energy and to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases by increasing energy efficiency of municipal lighting in the cities of Armenia via implementation of municipal investment programs and national policies. The project focuses on urban lighting sector, which covers all lighting installations managed and paid for by municipalities, such as lighting of streets, outside public areas, illumination of city buildings, lighting system in municipally-owned and operated buildings and facilities, and yards in residential areas.

To realize this objective the project will organize the following activities:

  • Audit of municipal lighting systems and capacity building for urban green lighting;

  • Implementation of a number of pilot green urban lighting demonstration projects;

  • Proposing institutional and financing mechanisms for sustainable replication of municipal energy efficient lighting programs;

  • Promoting energy efficiency in the lighting sector on the national level via development and implementation of broad policy instruments, including mandatory phase-out of inefficient incandescent lighting, technical standards, codes and regulations.

Some results so far

The project’s Inception Workshop was held in January 2014 with participation of more than 95 international and national stakeholders, as well as representatives of UNDP Regional Center and UNDP-GEF projects from CIS countries. Based on the outcomes of the workshop report was developed.

The Project Technical Advisory Committee was established based on nominations from the respective ministries and universities.

The pilot project scope was discussed with Yerevan Municipality and selection of pilot project sites was agreed. Necessary arrangements for organization of procurements of lighting equipment for the demonstration projects have been initiated.

Who Finances it?

Global Environmental Facility






Government of Armenia (in-kind)



Project start date:
November 2013
Estimated end date:
October 2017
Geographic coverage:
Focus Area:
Environment & Energy
MDG 7 - Ensuring environmental sustainability
Project Coordinator:
Diana harutyunyan
RA Ministry of Nature Protection, Yerevan municipality
Project Related Documents
Initiation Plan