Newham switches on to street lights campaign

22 January 2018 in Environment and Mayor
Newham Council has been praised for joining a campaign designed to get local authorities to switch their street lamps to energy efficient, light emitting diode (LED) bulbs.​
Mayor Sir Robin Wales has signed the Lighten Up pledge organised by the 10:10 Climate Action charity. Low energy LED street lights can reduce carbon emissions, save money in the long run and make people feel safer.

Sir Robin said: “I am delighted to have signed the pledge on behalf of Newham Council. We have been committed for some time to replacing all our bulbs with clean, green, LED ones by 2019. My aim is for all street lights to be as energy efficient as possible.”

Newham is responsible for 19,500 street lights across the borough and already more than 12,000 have been upgraded to LED bulbs. The remaining 7,500 are in the process of being replaced.

The switch over is part of the council’s Keep Newham Moving campaign, a massive £100 million investment programme in roads, pavements, and street lights over ten years to make it easier, safer and more pleasant to get around the borough. It is the biggest road investment programme in London’s history.

Added Sir Robin: “If all councils switched their street lights to LED bulbs it would save £200 million every year. I am glad Newham is playing its part in working towards a greener, more energy efficient future for our streets.”

Neil Jones, campaigner at 10:10 Climate Action said: “Newham Council deserves nothing but praise for taking the pledge to lighten up their streets with LEDs. In these tough financial times the money saved will make a real difference to people in the area, and the carbon cutting potential of LEDs makes this move a no brainer. We’re calling on more councils to follow Newham's example and pledge to go LED by 2022.”