Kirklees Council signs lighten up pledge

We have pledged to change all of our street lights to energy efficient LED ones within the next 5 years.

There are 52,000 streetlights in Kirklees and are well on our way to meeting the target, having already changed 21,000 street lights to LED in the last few years, we estimate that we will have completed the switch over by the end of 2021.

LED street lights are not only more energy efficient and longer lasting, they also improve light quality and make areas look more attractive and welcoming after dark. The old energy inefficient orange streetlights also create a polluting orange haze in the night sky.

The pledge is the brain child of 10:10 a charity which is dedicated to tackling climate change.  They are encouraging council’s from across the country to get on board with the change by signing up to the pledge or letting them know about how many street lights they have already changed.

Compared to conventional bulbs LEDs have demonstrated energy savings of up to 50-70%.  They can also last for over 20 years compared to conventional bulbs which last for 4-6 years, reducing waste and saving time and money on maintenance. It is estimated that the change will cut 5800 tonnes of carbon per year, the equivalent of removing 3790 cars from the road annually.

Musarrat Khan, former Cabinet Member for Corporate (Environment, Place & Customer Contact Services) and current Cabinet Member for Public Health signed the pledge. She said:

“Kirklees is committed to saving energy and reducing our carbon footprint where we can. The investment in LED streetlights not only reduces the carbon impact on the environment but has the additional advantage of making massive savings. This is a perfect example of investing to save.”

Cllr Graham Turner her cabinet colleague added:

“I am a member of the 10:10 group and fully support not only the Kirklees move to LED lighting but also the move nationally. By being publicly listed on 10:10’s website as having made this pledge, we can further demonstrate our commitment to reducing our impact on the environment whilst delivering high quality, efficient services to the people of Kirklees.”

Neil Jones, campaigner at 10:10 Climate Action said:

“Kirklees council deserve 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. That’s why we’re calling on more councils to follow Kirklees’s example and pledge to go LED by 2022.”

Want to know more?

10:10 Climate Action is a UK based charity that brings people together to take positive, practical action on climate change. They engage citizens and communities in finding solutions that benefit the climate as well as improving people’s lives today.  http://1010uk.org/.

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You can report broken streetlights through the online portal or by calling 01484 414700.

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