Carbon Savings Programme (including Part-Night Lighting)
Background to the scheme
Lights have already been converted or in the process of being converted in over 150 communities across Devon:
The ongoing introduction of part-night lighting in communities throughout Devon was overwhelmingly supported by the majority of people who attended the County Council’s Tough Choices roadshows last year. The scheme is helping the County Council to reduce its energy bills so that we are using taxpayers’ money more efficiently. Carbon emissions and energy costs are expected to reduce by a third by the end of the five year programme, which will be an important saving and is also good news for our local environment.
The County Council is working with Devon and Cornwall Police to ensure that considerations of crime, disorder and road safety in residential areas are taken into account during the decision making process. Converting a street light to part-night lighting costs between £20 and £30, but the energy savings will cover this cost within about 3 years.
Devon County Council is responsible for over 72,000 street lights, costing an estimated £3.4million in electricity in 2011 and producing nearly 20,000 tonnes of CO2 every year. That accounts for around 30% of the County Council’s annual emissions of almost 62,000 tonnes of CO2 – the equivalent of the total annual energy use of 7,300 average Devon homes or a town about the size of Honiton in East Devon.
If you have any comments about the introduction of part-night street lighting, either in favour or against, please contact your local County Councillor.