Devon County Council to roll out LED streetlights to reduce CO2 emissions by 75%

The project is forecast to lead to a reduction of more than 15,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions every year

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Devon County Council has announced all of its 79,000 streetlights will be converted to LEDs within the next two years, reducing streetlight-related carbon dioxide emissions by 75%.

The project is forecast to lead to a carbon reduction of more than 15,000 tonnes every year, the equivalent of taking 8,000 cars off the streets.

The conversion to LED lights will be made by SSE Contracting (SSEC) and will complement work which has already seen around 34,000 streetlights converted to low energy LED technology since 2015 and the replacement of more than 5,400 streetlighting columns.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highway Management, said: “Streetlights account for a significant amount of the council’s emissions, and working with SSEC will help us make further energy and carbon savings.”

Derek Bell, SSEC Head of Operations, Regional Lighting for the project, commented: “We are very happy to be extending our long relationship with Devon, this new contract brings many environmental savings both for the authority and for us over the contract period as well as providing improved energy-efficient lighting for the people of Devon.”