Newham mayor pledges to go green by switching street lamp bulbs to LED

PUBLISHED: 18:59 22 January 2018 | UPDATED: 18:59 22 January 2018

Sir Robin Wales inspects an LED streetlight Picture: Andrew Baker

Sir Robin Wales inspects an LED streetlight Picture: Andrew Baker

Andrew Baker

The mayor of Newham has signed a pledge to switch the borough’s street lamps to use energy efficient light emitting diode (LED) bulbs.

Sir Robin Wales signed the Lighten Up pledge organised by charity 10:10 Climate Action.

The low energy LED lights can reduce carbon emissions and save money long term.

He said: “I am delighted to have signed the pledge on behalf of Newham Council.

“We have been committed for some time to replacing all our bulbs with clean, green, LED ones by 2019.

“My aim is for all street lights to be as energy efficient as possible.”

So far, more than 12,000 of the borough’s 19,500 street lights have been upgraded, with the remaining 7.500 in the process of being replaced.

Neil Jones, campaigner at 10:10 Climate Action said: “In these tough financial times the money saved will make a real difference to people in the area. We’re calling on more councils to follow Newham’s example.”

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