Sydney blazing an LED trail

Sydney will be the first Australian city to install a network of LED street and park lights, part of the city’s overall commitment to an ambitions greenhouse gas reduction target.

The project announced today will tackle a major source of electricity use – and greenhouse gas emissions – in the city. Public lighting currently accounts for 30 percent of Sydney’s emissions profile. With these new efficient and long-lasting lights, the city will slash emissions by 2,861 metric tons each year.

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Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore said of the groundbreaking project:

"Replacing 6,450 conventional lights will save nearly $800,000 a year in electricity bills and maintenance costs. Sydney will be the first city in Australia to install the new LED street and park lights across its entire city centre, and joins other major cities such as Berlin, Barcelona, Los Angeles and San Francisco."

Last year’s Arup report found that C40 cities around the world, like Sydney, can drive change by rethinking how public spaces are lit. C40 cities have implemented more than 120 actions in the outdoor lighting sector, which represents “considerable potential for energy and carbon savings,” according to Arup.

Visit the city’s website to learn more about efforts to create a sustainable Sydney.