A €140m programme to replace inefficient public lights has been implemented by Cork County Council as the lead local authority for the Southern region of Ireland. This programme will result in a major saving on energy bills for 24 local authorities.
Cork County Council has shared the first infographic of this programme where big numbers already demonstrate its positive impact. In addition, Cork County Council is also helping with a project to reduce plastic waste in its own county.
It is anticipated that without this project the majority of local authorities would not reach their statutory energy efficiency targets for 2020. Once fully retrofitted it is estimated that this project will achieve huge savings and result in an equivalent carbon dioxide reduction of 31000 tonnes per annum.
Mr. Padraig Barrett, Head of Cork County Council’s Roads & Transportation Directorate, said that 30,000 lights will be replaced in County Cork, at an estimated cost of €14m. At a national level, there will be more than 280,000 lights to be retrofitted.
The new energy-saving lights will be installed only on existing poles as this does not require planning permission.