Lighting the way

Article image - Lighting the way Greg Baker from Ventia Utility Services, Trevor Chambers from Aldridge Traffic Systems, Shire’s Energy and Carbon Management Officer Chris Yorke and Mayor Bryan Payne.

Mornington Peninsula Shire in Victoria will install more than 10,700 high-performance, energy efficient LED street lights across the Peninsula as part of a bulk upgrade project.

The new lights perform better, last longer and are close to four times more efficient than the existing mercury vapour lights.
The project is expected to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions and operational costs associated with street lighting, saving around $12.5 million and 73,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions over the estimated twenty-year lifespan of the new lights.

Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor Bryan Payne said the project is one of the key deliverables towards achieving the commitments of Council’s Carbon Neutral Policy.

“This project will have a significant impact on reducing our carbon footprint.

“Street lighting emissions will be reduced by around 3650 tonnes per year – equivalent to removing 849 cars from Peninsula roads every year”.

Council adopted its Carbon Neutral Policy in February 2016. It articulates the overall approach to achieving carbon neutrality for Shire operations, including time frames that will be implemented to apply for formal accreditation from the federal government under the National Carbon Offset Standard.

The new lights will be installed on most residential streets across the Peninsula, and the Shire is investigating options for more energy-efficient lighting on major roads.