MORE than half the street lighting in Somerset is now ‘eco-friendly’ and playing a role helping the county work towards its 2030 carbon neutral target.
Somerset County Council’s highway lighting team has been reducing its carbon footprint in the past five years thanks to the installation of LED lanterns in 56% of street lighting.
It means they’ve made a reduction of over 6,200 tonnes of Co2 in that time, said a council spokesperson. This would be approximately equivalent to the Co2 created by 3,784 return economy flights from London to New York.
In November 2020, all five councils in Somerset gave the green light to implement a plan for Somerset to go carbon neutral by 2030.
The Somerset-wide Climate Emergency Strategy – Towards a Climate Resilient Somerset – considers how climate change will impact Somerset and describes what we need to do to cut our emissions and build resilience to risks that may arise.
This has also reduced the council’s annual energy consumption from 20,601,977 KW hours in 2015/16 down to 14,061,520 KW hours in 2020/21 – resulting in a 31.75% energy saving.
In addition, it’s estimated the new lights are currently saving £950,000 this year on the council’s energy bills.