Glasgow LEDing the way in energy efficient lighting
- 30 Sep, 2015
The Climate Group, who have launched a campaign urging cities to switch to LED lighting to reduce carbon emissions, have cited Glasgow as a leading example for other cities to follow. Glasgow began their switch to LED in March this year by replacing 10,000 streetlights as part of a £6.3m investment plan that’ll see 70,000 streetlights replaced in total. The new LED lamps are expected to cut energy-use by 50-70%, save more than 18,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases and pay for themselves within the next 18 years. They’re also forecast to last 7 times longer than current streetlights. The Climate Group want every city globally to commit to moving to LED technology by 2025. As well as Glasgow, Los Angeles have also been lauded for their commitment to energy efficiency after they installed 140,000 LED streetlights that have led to savings of £5.7m a year. Glasgow have been given funding by the Green Investment Bank (GIB) that estimate a nationwide switch to LEDs could save councils £300m a year collectively, while also preventing up to 450,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions, which is the equivalent to removing 200,000 cars off the road.