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Lighting Strikes Twice

19th June 2014

Even more of North Tyneside’s buildings are set to have a smaller carbon footprint – thanks to the work of Capita’s North Tyneside Partnership.

Last year, the company delivered a project for North Tyneside Council to replace the lighting at The Parks Sports Centre in North Shields with high-efficiency LED units.

Now, in a second phase of the initiative, LED lighting has been introduced at the White Swan Centre in Killingworth, Waves in Whitley Bay and Tynemouth Pool.

For an investment of £76,000, the new LED lighting will provide an annual saving in energy costs of £27,000 across the three buildings.

And electricity consumption of the buildings’ lighting systems will reduce on average by more 66 per cent, annually saving some 310,863 kWh of energy or around 146 tonnes of CO2.

Cllr John Stirling, cabinet member for Sustainable Development, said: “As a council we’ve set ourselves an ambitious target to reduce the emissions of our buildings by 34 per cent by next year.

“The introduction of LED lighting is playing a key part in our efforts and I’m delighted that this latest phase of works is complete. As well as helping the environment, it is also offers significant financial benefits for the council.

“The work doesn’t stop here – we have well advanced plans to install LED  lighting at more of our buildings later this year.”

The next phase of the project takes place this summer. It will involve the introduction of LED lighting at the Oxford Centre in Longbenton, The Lakeside Centre in Killingworth, Howdon Children’s Centre and the Riverside Children’s Centre in North Shields.

Photo (Back: electrician James Drummond. Front: White Swan Centre assistant Susan Wass; Capita’s energy project manager Nick Raw; Cllr John Stirling, cabinet member for Sustainable Development; Service Manager Julie Denton.)

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