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Streetlight upgrades light the way to carbon reduction in 2021

04 January 2021

Upgrades to 15,000 main road streetlights across Norfolk, starting in 2021, is the next step in a successful scheme that has already seen CO2 emissions cut by 1,200 tonnes as a result of a move to LED technology over the last two years.

More than 39% of all the streetlights that are owned by Norfolk County Council have now received an upgrade with the next 15,000 set to add to that total starting early in the New Year.

Cllr Martin Wilby, Norfolk County Council cabinet member for highways, infrastructure and transport, said: “We’ve set ourselves an ambitious target of becoming carbon neutral as an authority by 2030. This award-winning programme sees old, high energy consuming, streetlights replaced with efficient LED lights allowing us to cut carbon emissions and save money too.”

Over the last two years more than 11,000 lights have received an upgrade in a project that has seen Norfolk County Council receive national recognition for its work, alongside partner Amey, receiving the CIHT East of England Sustainability Award in 2019.

For each street that is upgraded to LED lights the average percentage energy saving is over 70%. Many of the LEDs can also be controlled remotely saving on staff time and travel.

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