Burgos (Spain)



Burgos is a pleasant, vital, medium-sized city (180.000 inhabitants), situated in the North-central part of Spain in the region of Castilla-León. The urban core area is 108,26 km2 and a population of 15,84 hb/ha.

The city enjoys a privileged geographical position being located half way between Madrid and the French border, with cities such as Bilbao, Santander and Valladolid nearby. Due to this, it is well linked with the rest of Spain which has a high strategic value for industry in Burgos which is varied and dynamic and characterized by companies of importance on a European and global scale.

Burgos is well known world-wide because of its cultural, monumental, and artistic heritage including 3 UNESCO Heritage sites: its Gothic Cathedral; the Pilgrim path, Camino de Santiago, and the Atapuerca Prehistorical remains.

The city is currently campaigning to become the European Capital of Culture 2016.

Lighting strategy/priorities and current projects

Through the Interreg IVC PLUS Project, Burgos City looks forward to designing and implementing its own Action Plan on urban lighting.

The main initiatives that Burgos is currently implementing to optimize energy efficiency on urban lighting are:

• Replacement of luminaires to minimize light pollution.

• Installation of efficient lamps (high pressure sodium vapor) in 95% of the lighting points in the city.

• Installation of optics in historical luminaries to improve luminous efficiency.

• Installation of LED lighting.

• Adjustable lighting levels by header regulators or point to point system.

PLUS Best practice:

With a general budget of 3,3 million € , the A.R.C.H. initiative (Historical Centre Rehabilitation Area), involves the improvement of the urbanization of the upper old town (one of the most degraded areas of the city), through accessibility and mobility actions, such as replacement of sidewalks and the implementation of the first 200 points of light with LED lamps in the City of Burgos.


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