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LED Global LightSavers Partners Summit 2011

12:00AM, 08 May 2011
12:00AM, 13 May 2011
Shanghai, China
LED Global LightSavers Partners Summit 2011

LightSavers is an international consortium of lighting users that seeks to speed up acceptance of LEDs and smart control technologies in outdoor lighting applications such as streets and parking areas. In its first phase, the initiative is undertaking a global trial of LED technologies with ten cities in the US, Canada, the UK, China, India and Australia. These involve rigorous pilot testing of LED products to determine how they perform over a year and more under local weather conditions using a common testing protocol.

Trials have already been installed in nine partner cities: Adelaide and Sydney, Australia; Guiyang, Tianjin, and Yangzhou, China; Hong Kong; New York, US; Kolkata, India; London, UK; and Toronto, Canada. Additional trials will begin early in 2011 in Mumbai, India.

In order to build the consortium partners’ knowledge of the LED market and technical performance—and to enhance their capacity to bring the technology to scale in their cities—The Climate Group is organizing the LED Global Partners Summit to be held in conjunction with the Green Lighting Shanghai 2011 event scheduled in Shanghai, China, May 11 – 13, 2011 that is organized and hosted by the China Solid State Lighting Alliance.

The Summit will convene the LightSavers consortium partners worldwide, including China, as well as senior government officials from countries that are strongly supporting LED development and deployment. The key aims of the Summit are to advance acceptance and market readiness for LED and smart lighting control products in municipal applications by:

Sharing performance information from global trials:

  • Identifying strategies and financial options for undertaking large scale LED replacement in street lighting and parking area projects (assuming trials demonstrate satisfactory performance).
  • Exploring technology options for controlling LED streetlight and parking area deployment to permit dimming, data gathering, and remote management of lighting assets.
  • Promoting dialogue among major government players on the policies needed to accelerate a market transition to LED lighting technology.

The Summit will be organized into three parts:

1. A two-day private workshop of LightSavers consortium partners to share trial results and discuss their LED scale-up strategies, with a focus on scale up strategies and financing options;
2. Attendance at public sessions at the Green Light Shanghai 2011 event, including: (a) an international half-day forum of LED government agencies attending the Green Lighting Shanghai 2011 event to share information on their LED roadmaps and policies, and (b) an afternoon session on smart controls and street and area lighting;
3. A one-day field trip to Yangzhou, a LightSavers partners, to visit a large LED streetlight installation and learn about Jiangsu’s Province’s LED policy, promotional, and industrial strategies.

In sum, the LightSavers Global Partners Summit will assemble the world’s leading municipal, state/provincial/regional, national, and corporate leaders who are committed to bringing LEDs to scale. The Summit will advance international dialogue on government policies and financial solutions needed to fuel a fast growing market.


LightSavers global partners arrive in Shanghai. On Sunday a tour of a nearby ancient canal town such as Suzhou may be arranged, subject to participant interest. On Sunday evening, a social event and dinner will be held in Shanghai for LightSavers partners.


Note: Simultaneous English-Chinese translation will be available to all participants.
8.30 - 9.30am: Session 1 Introduction and update on LightSavers
The Climate Group’s Director of Lighting gives update on global program. Regional staff team members give brief reports on work in their regions.
9.30 – 10.45am: Session 2 City updates and sharing
Sharing of information among the LightSavers consortium members, who are in various stages of their trials. Key information and issues to be addressed include:

  • Illumination performance relative to standards, as well as lumen depreciation and color shifts observed
  • Performance issues that have arisen
  • Energy savings achieved
  • Public reaction to LED white light versus orange light of High pressure sodium
  • Financing case and plans for scale up
  • What has been learned about products in the trials? Two cities share their information and receive feedback (40 minutes each).

10.45 – 11.10am: Break

11.10am – 12.30pm: Session 2 (continued) City updates and sharing
Two cities share their information and receive feedback (40 minutes each).

12.30 – 1.30pm: Lunch

1.30 – 3.30pm: Session 2 (continued) City updates and sharing
Three cities city present their information and receive feedback (40 minutes each).

3.30 – 4pm: Break

4 – 6pm: Session 2 (continued) City updates and sharing
Three cities share their information and receive feedback—this completes the municipal sharing portion of the Summit’s agenda (40 minutes each).

8.30–10.30am: Session 3, Part 1: Scale-up strategies, from trial to tender

Participants will explore the multiple challenges and solutions to scale up, focusing on strategies to move from trials to large-scale procurement, readiness of the market, negotiation strategies with suppliers, relations with local utilities, and consultation with the public. Representatives from cities that are in the process of large scale deployments will serve as experts to the group, including possibly Birmingham, UK, Los Angeles, US, Guangzhou and Yangzhou, China, etc.

10.30 – 11am: Break

11am – 12.30pm: Session 3 (continued)

12.30 – 1.30pm: Lunch

1.30 – 5pm: Session 3, Part 2: Scale-up strategies, financing
A panel followed by discussion will explore successful examples of municipal scale-up of LED technology, and the financial strategies needed to make it happen. Financial experts for the panel will possibly be drawn from HSBC, the World Bank’s carbon financing unit, an ESCO, and a private equity firm. Discussion following the panel may focus on:

  • Approaches to modeling the financial case for scale-up,
  • Turnkey financial solutions for street lighting implementation programs, including: debenture financing, ESCO financing, leasing approaches, privatization, carbon financing,
  • Case studies of substantial scale-ups, etc.,
  • Role of carbon financing in developing nations.

8.30 – 11am: Session 4: LightSavers Next Steps

The final private session for the LightSavers partners to discuss and advise The Climate Group on what next steps we should take to continue to support the cities and expand the LightSavers consortium. Questions to explore include:

Concluding the trials—what information is especially important? What is missing? If we could do it over, what would we change?
Assistance in scale-up—what further is needed from The Climate Group?
Recruiting new consortium partners.

11am – 12pm: Partners take taxis to the China Solid State Lighting Green Lighting Conference venue

12pm: Lunch

1 – 6pm: Session 5: International Forum on Governmental LED Market Strategies in collaboration with the China Solid State Alliance (CSA)
A half-day public forum at the Green Lighting Shanghai 2011 conference jointly sponsored and organized by The Climate Group and the CSA.
In this session, senior officials from the leading national and regional government agencies that support solid state technology development and market transformation will meet for the first time to discuss their policies, compare technology road maps, exchange experiences, and explore solutions to key market barriers. Key countries/regions that will be invited include: China, Germany, India, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and the United States. Possible regions regions include: Guandong, Tianjin, and Shenzhen.

1 – 3.30pm: Part A: National/Regional Roadmaps and Programs
An official from each country/region will report on that country’s or region’s LED technology road map, market support, or deployment program. The report should discuss progress made to date towards:

  • Production and market growth domestically for high quality high brightness white light LED devices and luminaires and challenges that remain;
  • Deployment of high brightness LED luminaries in key niche markets such as outdoor, lamp replacement, and architectural segments;
  • Use of financial policies and incentives to accelerate policy objectives and market acceptance.

3.30 – 4pm: Coffee break

4 – 6pm: Part B: Municipal and Provincial/State Dialogue
National officials will engage in a moderated exchange of ideas with three to four representatives from municipal and provincial/state governments that are pursuing aggressive LED deployment programs. The municipal and provincial representatives will present their own programs to start, and the discussion that follows will focus on questions such as:

  • How can national governments best collaborate with municipal and provincial/state governments to promote market acceptance of high brightness LED products?
  • What national policies can best equip provincial/state governments aggressive deploy LED solutions?
  • Is there a role for financial incentives, or should the market take care of itself?

9am – 12pm
: Session 6: Development of Innovative Lighting and Energy Savings Strategies
LightSavers participants will participate in the Opening Plenary of the CSA’s Green Lighting Shanghai 2011 conference. There will be five to six keynote speeches, including a person from The Climate Group.

12 – 1pm: Lunch

1 – 4.30pm: Session 7: Smart Controls, Lighting, and Smart Cities
City streets and parking areas are typically over lit, so the implementation of smart controls in outdoor lighting can improve public safety, while achieving 20 – 30% energy savings. This session, jointly organized with Philips China, will provides a robust overview of the range of options for control management systems (CMS) available for street and area lighting, as well as other lighting applications. Various applications will be presented and discussed. Experts on the panel will address:

  • A presentation that summarizes the three key communication options: power line carrier, radio frequency (RF), and wireless (Wifi), as well as several protocols, such as ZigBee, that facilitate communications among disparate pieces of equipment and locations;
  • A presentation and comparison of leading systems on the market, e.g., ROAM (Remote Operating Asset Management), Telensa, Echelon, etc.;
  • Case studies of two municipal trials that highlight the broad range of services and energy reducing strategies that can be offered by CMS systems, e.g. San Francisco, U.S. and Adelaide, Australia;
  • A presentation on public acceptance of dimming on neighborhood streets and in parking areas, resulting from a global study recently conducted by TCG;
  • A presentation on practical ways that smart controls can be incorporated into street and area LED lighting projects through the procurement process and turnkey capital financing.


Interested Partners will take a bus trip to Yangzhou to visit the extensive LED streetlight implementation program there, 20,000 LED lights installed, and visit the SFT Lighting factory, a leading manufacturer of LED products in China. Stay over night in Yangzhou.


End of the LightSavers Partners Summit programme.

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The Climate Group
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