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Sefton switches on the lights… and they’re green!

Day Four of COP26 sees a focus on energy and how we power our lives in a climate emergency. Sefton’s Highways team are continuing with the rollout of new, energy-saving eco streetlighting, using green technology to make big emissions savings.

The new series of eco-friendly LED streetlighting technology will help to slash a significant part of the energy used by the local authority.

Energy used by street lighting in Sefton accounts for around 26% of the Council’s total carbon footprint and furthermore causes significant expenditure with year-on-year increases in energy costs. Since our April 2021 baseline, we have saved in energy consumption approximately 45,000KWH and 10.3 Tonnes of C02 – the weight of up to two African elephants!

To combat both a rising cost and to help tackle the Climate Emergency, Sefton Council will now look to install eco-friendly LED technology across the street lighting network, to replace the older units currently in place. Once completed, the project will contribute significantly to the reduction in the Council’s emissions in line with the Climate Emergency target of net zero carbon by 2030.

Since 2019, the Council has reduced emissions by 10% and this project will contribute a further 17% reduction from the 2019 baseline, keeping the council on track to meet the 2030 target.

Cllr John Fairclough, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Locality Services, said: “Already we are working towards a considerable reduction in our carbon emissions through a number of projects and our plans to install new LED street lighting will contribute enormously.

“Sefton is particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change as a coastal borough and this work is a vital part of our Climate Emergency Action Plan to address this pressing issue. We have a desire to keep up the momentum and tackle climate change across the borough in any way we can and in the long term if we can also save money, that is even better.”