Shining a light on reducing energy costs

Coun John Stirling, cabinet member for sustainable development; Capita energy project manager Nick Raw; and Capita business director Richard Carmichael at Hadrian Leisure Centre with some of the new lighting in the background.

Coun John Stirling, cabinet member for sustainable development; Capita energy project manager Nick Raw; and Capita business director Richard Carmichael at Hadrian Leisure Centre with some of the new lighting in the background.

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Council officials are shining the light in reducing energy costs.

North Tyneside Council has introduced LED lighting to three more of its buildings, helping to save £55,000 a year while reducing CO2 emissions by around 282 tonnes annually.

LED lighting has already been installed at Hadrian Leisure Centre in Wallsend, and work will get underway soon at fitting the energy saving bulbs at the council’s Quadrant headquarters at Cobalt Business Park, and Lakeside Centre in Killingworth.

The new LED lighting will reduce electricity consumption of the buildings’ lighting systems by up to 60 per cent on average, annually saving some 457 megawatt hours (MWh) of electricity, enough to power around 114 UK homes.

This is the third phase of an initiative to replace lighting at local authority buildings.

Since 2013, lighting has been replaced at The Parks Sports Centre in North Shields, the White Swan Centre in Killingworth, Waves in Whitley Bay and Tynemouth Pool.

Coun John Stirling, cabinet member for sustainable development, said: “It’s great that our LED lighting isn’t just helping the environment by reducing our carbon footprint, but is also enabling the council to reduce costs in challenging times.

“It’s another example of a sustainable initiative that also saves council tax payers money.”

The work is being carried out on the council’s behalf by its business partner Capita.

Capita business director Richard Carmichael said: “We are delighted to be supporting North Tyneside Council’s work to tackle climate change at a local level.”