Scottish Government invests in LED street-lighting to save £1.2 billion and 2.6 million tonnes of CO2

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From edie.NET on 16th February:

‘Scotland is currently lit by more than 900,000 street lights, costing local authorities £41m a year in electricity charges. These lamps also release 200,000 tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere each year. Total investment from Scotland’s councils in LEDs is predicted to reach £337m by 2021 and is forecast to deliver energy and maintenance cost savings of £1.2bn and save 2.6 million tonnes of CO2 over the next 20 years.’

It’s not clear from the report, and I can’t find any evidence of just how much of that £337 million will come from Scottish Government central funds, but my experience of tracing the funds used for affordable house building has been that the central funds have often been the greater part despite getting little credit in the reporting.


5 thoughts on “Scottish Government invests in LED street-lighting to save £1.2 billion and 2.6 million tonnes of CO2

  1. Ludo Thierry March 20, 2018 / 10:27 pm

    Excellent news regarding the major extension of LED street lighting use. It’s a real win-win, reducing CO2 emissions and saving on the energy bills. Really good news.

    Keeping on the ‘lighting’ theme perhaps some more light could be cast on the somewhat unusual views on the issue of Homelessness expounded by a Lib. Dem. councillor in Angus (yes – He is officially Lib. Dem. – but seems to have the hard tory britnat ideology well ingrained – All the London parties are really a single britnat party as we all know to our cost. libby dems are junior partners in the tory led admin in Angus). Well done Angus Housing Association director Bruce Forbes for destroying the libby dem cooncillor’s clueless (and unpleasant) comments in a matter of a few sentences: See below:

    A councillor in Angus has launched a scathing attack on people who he believes present themselves as homeless to receive a council house and then leave to another local authority without paying rent.

    Arbroath West and Letham councillor, Richard Moore, is urging Angus Council to do more to stop the so-called rent dodgers “from gaining free accommodation at everyone else’s expense”.

    The Liberal Democrat councillor told The Courier: “I met this problem south of the border and discovered there are people who present themselves as homeless and require the council to house them.

    “They will stay for a while, not paying their rent or council tax, then abscond to another authority and start again.”

    Rent arrears in Angus have fallen from £1.19 million in April to £1.13m, though the level of debt owed by former tenants increased from £1.14m in April to £1.36m.

    Angus Housing Association director, Bruce Forbes, has described the councillor’s comments on the cause of the council’s rent arrears as “disgraceful” and called on him to apologise for his negative portrayal of social housing tenants and the homeless.

    “Councillor Moore claims to have previously encountered this type of behaviour ‘south of the border’ but to be frank, I have never heard so much ill-informed nonsense in my 40 years experience working in social housing. His portrayal of those who have suffered the pain of homelessness as some kind of transient group of fraudsters who transport themselves and their families around the country from council area to council area just to avoid paying rent or council tax is so ill informed that it beggars belief.”

    This libby dem clown represents the good folk of Angus on COSLA – here’s hoping he’s hoofed out from all office ASAP – he clearly ain’t up to it.

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  2. Dale Hatton March 21, 2018 / 12:31 am

    They may have saved money, but the streets are a lot darker now. I thought the idea of street lighting was to illuminate the areas so people could see clearly. Now they are back to the sixties where the streets were darker.


  3. Contrary March 21, 2018 / 8:37 am

    Definitely about time street lighting is changed to cheaper, environmentally sound alternative – worth the investment in the long run,,, which is why we need a government with the long view.

    I do have an issue about safety though: I find visibility with some of the white LEDs to not be as good as the sodium equivalent – age and fading night vision may have something to do with it, but some thought needs to go into positioning and height to give best luminosity. Kelvin Way in Glasgow must have been one of the most dangerous city streets to walk or drive up on a dark rainy night: pavements are treacherous (tree roots pushing up the surface) with zero lighting, people wear dark clothes & walk on the road to prevent tripping & are barely lit up on the road because the lights are so high and widely spaced. Maybe it’s been upgraded, haven’t driven along there for years, but shows how important careful design and planning is too – replacing like for like wont cut it.

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    • Alasdair Macdonald. March 21, 2018 / 10:15 pm

      Overgrown tree canopies in Kelvin Way also contribute to attentuating the light levels.

      The footways require widening and resurfacing. Probably the current trees need uprooting and replaced with new trees placed into more modern surfacing and containers that are not as prone to root damage as the current surface has become.

      Kelvin Way passes through a substantial greenspace which is home to thousands of nesting birds and other fauna. Too bright illumination can have adverse effects on them and, consequently on the ecological balance of the major city ‘lung’ that Kelvingrove Park is.


      • Contrary March 22, 2018 / 8:04 pm

        You are right, of course, Alasdair, and I would never advocate any destruction of greenery in a city (or elsewhere). But there are zillions of ways they could design around the plant life (and beasties) to give us all safe passage. Didn’t they put up those lights for the commonwealth games, so it’d look good? Flung them up in a hurry then no money (or incentive) to fix it after – I had thought they would do so when they built the school, while they were installing the hundreds of extra really expensive traffic lights, but nah. Obviously it’s not going to be a high priority street, I just hope it’s a learning experience for town planners and not something they emulate!


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