Council replacing 75 per cent of light with LEDs

Hampshire County Council is replacing 75 per cent of light fittings in its buildings with low energy LEDs to assist in reducing the authority’s carbon emissions.

The council’s wider energy saving programme has seen carbon emissions reduced by 38.1 per cent since 2010, a saving which translates to approximately £30 million in energy costs.

The council’s £2.7 million investment in to its Energy and Carbon Management Programme will also see the installation of approximately 40 new electric vehicle charging points, in addition to the 14 charging points already owned by the council.

Mel Kendal, executive member for Economic Development, said: “Switching to LED lighting makes perfect economic and environmental sense – reducing our energy and maintenance costs by £240,000 a year, as well as lowering our carbon emissions. We’re well on track to reaching our 40 per cent carbon reduction target by 2025, with the ultimate aim of being carbon neutral by 2050. This is great news for Hampshire taxpayers and the environment.”

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