Oxford City Council goes underground with efficient lighting upgrade

The LED lighting upgrade in a car park is expected to cut electricity spend by about £2,000 per year and carbon dioxide emissions by about four tonnes annually

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Oxford City Council has installed new efficient lights at Gloucester Green Underground Car Park to reduce carbon emissions.

It has replaced the previous fluorescent lights with 121 brighter, lower energy LED lights – as a result, the electricity use for lighting at the site is expected to fall by 30%, cutting electricity spend by about £2,000 per year and carbon dioxide emissions by about four tonnes annually.

The work was funded by the Salix Recycling Fund, which match-funds public sector organisations investing in energy-efficient technology.

Councillor Tom Hayes, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Green Transport and Zero Carbon Oxford, said: “Despite lockdown, I am very pleased that the City Council and Oxford Direct Services were able to use this time to make much-needed improvements to Gloucester Green car park.

“This project demonstrates that investing in smart solutions such as energy-efficient lighting not only helps to tackle anti-social behaviour but can also help support our goal to tackle the climate emergency.”