Smart urban lighting: How PPPs can accelerate the GCC’s sustainability vision

As GCC governments boost investment in Smart City projects, the private sector’s strategic role in driving urban transformation is gaining more recognition.

Through Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs), private entities commit funding, technical know-how, and innovation that complement public-sector efforts.

In particular, the private sector can add real value in delivering sustainability-based projects, considered a vital component of the Smart City concept. Global energy leaders like ENGIE have developed and delivered multi-billion renewable power and energy efficiency projects for decades, gaining invaluable experience, establishing robust financing networks and developing the required technology foundation.   

Among sustainable Smart City initiatives, street lighting has emerged as a powerful public policy tool for authorities pursuing broader digital transformation goals. With smart lighting, regional cities can transform public spaces and streetscapes, making them more sustainable, efficient, and safer. In a PPP model, the contractor will design, build, finance, operate and maintain the Smart Lighting System by replacing existing traditional luminaires with intelligent LED systems or through greenfield projects.

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