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ÅF Lighting wins new international project in Kyrgyz Republic

November begins with great news from the City of Bishkek in Kyrgyz Republic: the city will receive an upgrade of its entire public street lighting system, with a strong focus on social aspects.

Due to lack of funding, the current street lighting network, consisting of more than 30 000 luminaries, has hardly been modernised since it was planned under the Soviet Regime in the 1960s. It will now be fully retrofitted, and great emphasis will be placed on creating public spaces, bringing social equality to the streets of Bishkek.

ÅF Lighting has just visited the city to start the project, which is financed by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). Our assignment involves providing the EBRD with an independent analysis of the envisaged project. We will carry out an inventory of the current system followed by a comprehensive analysis of what new lighting and control technology might be most suited for the purpose, a project feasibility analysis, a cost-benefit analysis and environmental and social due diligence.

Light plays a huge role in creating social space where, for example, women and the elderly feel safe enough to take part in public life”, says Allan Ruberg, Head of ÅF Lighting. “This we know from our many years of experience in the field and it has been stated by the UN-Habitat programme in recent years. The social impact of lighting is something we will place great focus on in the project, alongside environmental aspects. In both areas, I believe new street lighting can make a big difference for the citizens of Bishkek.”