New lights have been fitted at a leisure facility to help reduce its carbon footprint and benefit customers.
The lighting at The Parks Sports Centre in North Shields has been replaced by high-efficiency LED units, which could help save North Tyneside Council £1.5m.
Annually, the facility will produce almost 100 fewer tonnes of CO2 and use 160,000kWh less electricity each year – reducing energy bills by more than £14,000 a year.
The illumination from the lights is now higher than Sport England’s domestic and international competition standards for bowls and badminton.
The scheme has been developed for the council by Capita as part of a 15-year technical services partnership, with plans to introduce the LED lighting in seven other council buildings, helping deliver £131,000 savings a year – or £.15m over the 15-year contract.
Coun John Stirling, cabinet member for sustainable development, said: “It is a priority for North Tyneside Council to reduce the borough’s carbon footprint and I am delighted this scheme is under way.
“Through different initiatives and with the help of the local community, we have already exceeded carbon reduction targets and we are committed to ensuring we continue to do so.”
Capita’s operations director Barry Pilkington said: “We are delighted to assist the council in delivering this innovative LED lighting project and in doing so, returning tangible savings and carbon reductions, as well as enhancing a first class facility.
“We have identified other buildings where similar projects are estimated to save the council around £1.5m.”