Solihull switches on to zero carbon emissions for street lights - The Solihull Observer

Solihull switches on to zero carbon emissions for street lights

Solihull Editorial 26th Oct, 2020   0

SOLIHULL’S street lighting has turned green in the council’s latest steps to have zero carbon emissions.

Last year Councillors pledged to go Net Zero Carbon by 2030 as part of its Climate Change Emergency – Statement of Intent.

This latest move eliminates street lighting’s 1,500 tonnes of carbon emissions per year, according to Solihull Council.

The Council joined forces with energy providers Total Gas and Power, the Council’s street lighting team have taken the opportunity to go ‘Pure Green’ using a tariff which supply electricity generated by wind, solar and wave power.

Since 2014/15, investment in LED technology has seen annual energy usage across the borough has almost halve from 12million kWh and associated carbon emissions fall from 6,500tonnes.

Coun Andrew Mackiewicz, cabinet member for climate change, planning and housing said:“In 2019 the council pledged to minimise the environmental impacts of its activities and to contribute to the improvement of the wider environment, by taking local action as part of Greener Solihull for Success.

“The move to a ‘Pure Green’ tariff is one way in which we are delivering on this promise.

“We can now look to see how else we can meet regional and national carbon reduction targets as laid out in our Climate Change Prospectus.”

Councillor Ken Hawkins, cabinet member for environment and highways said: “I am pleased that the street lighting team has managed to deliver this change to our infrastructure.

“As a Council we have an important role to play in reducing our carbon emissions and we will continue to look at practical ways we can achieve this.”

For more on the Climate Change Prospectus click: here

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