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Author (up) Lockwood, R.; Selwyn, T.; Morgan-Taylor, M. url  openurl
  Title A review of local authority road lighting initiatives aimed at reducing costs, carbon emissions and light pollution Type Journal Article
  Year 2011 Publication Report to Defra, UK Abbreviated Journal  
  Volume Issue Pages  
  Keywords Economics  
  Abstract This review of local authority road lighting initiatives was commissioned by Defra’s

Statutory Nuisance team in response to one of the recommendations contained in the

Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution’s (RCEP) report “Artificial Light in the

Environment”. The RCEP report made reference to road lighting trials being undertaken by

local authorities in the UK that have been reducing or turning road lights off. This report

has been produced following a review of fifteen out of twenty five such initiatives identified

in England and Wales.

The overall aim of the review was to examine the local authority road lighting trials and

initiatives and draw out the lessons learnt.

Local authorities have implemented these initiatives in response to economic pressures

such as rising energy prices and environmental concerns about wasted energy and the

effects of carbon emissions and light pollution. Changes have been made to the way they

deliver public road lighting services by:

 switching selected road lights off;

 lighting roads for part of the night only;

 dimming the level of lighting during the early hours of the morning;

 reducing the “burning” time of lamps in the evening and early morning; and / or

 using new and evolving technologies such as a central management system (CMS) or

light emitting diodes (LED).

These initiatives have the potential to provide a range of benefits including substantial

financial savings to local authorities, reduced carbon emissions and reduced light pollution.

However, the benefits need to be considered in the context of the important role that road

lighting plays in terms of assisting traffic safety and helping to reduce crime. Local

authorities have needed to carefully consider the impacts of proposed changes on these

issues and adopt appropriate management strategies prior to, during and post

implementation. These strategies have included the use of measures such as exemption

criteria, risk assessments and active engagement with stakeholders.

From this review, it is evident that there are a range of options and tools available to local

authorities as they consider how best to respond to the growing economic and

environmental pressures on the way they deliver their public road lighting services.

It is hoped that the information contained within this report may inform local authorities

which face similar challenges in the future, in identifying some of the key issues that may

affect their particular public road lighting service and assist in the process of implementing

changes appropriate to their circumstances.
 
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