Birmingham is to reduce its carbon emissions by up to 50 percent by replacing more than 95,000 streetlights with state-of-the-art Light Emitting Diode (LED) technology. The programme, launched this week, will also enable operators to control and adjust their levels remotely according to what is happening in the surrounding area.
Birmingham City Council and Amey are carrying out the replacement work as part of a £2.7bn Highways Maintenance and Management Service Partnership Contract. This Partnership will see the upgrading and maintenance of the city's road network over the next 25 years.
Cllr Timothy Huxtable, Cabinet Member for Transportation and Regeneration, said: "As well as the significant environmental advantages of this work I have no doubt that the LED street lights will also help to greatly improve the safety, security and the general environment of streets in the city. Whether it be pedestrians, cyclists, motorists or businesses in the city, the LED and wider Highways programme will play a leading role in improving the quality of life for all and setting this city apart from all others."
Mike Notman project director at Amey said; "For a project of this scale, the energy savings, carbon reduction and virtual elimination of light pollution are unprecedented. We have been working closely with Birmingham City Council and WRTL to achieve better outcomes for the local people of Birmingham and support the council in meeting their carbon reduction target by 2026."