Lighting efficiency program for Canberra

Tuesday, 05 August, 2008

Street lights around Canberra are being replaced with more energy-efficient globes, with more than 1700 lights replaced to date and a further 5100 lights to be replaced this year on arterial and non-arterial roads.

Chief Minister and Minister for the Environment, Water and Climate Change Jon Stanhope said: “Just as you can change your light globes at home, the ACT government is replacing street lights around the city with more energy-efficient globes, which will result in a substantial reduction of around 3000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions annually. I am hopeful that by installing energy-efficient street lights around the city we can encourage more Canberrans to use energy-efficient globes at home and in the workplace.”

The ACT government allocated $3 million in the 2008-09 Budget for the street light replacement program, a key commitment in the government's Climate Change Strategy, Weathering the Change. Other initiatives already delivered under the strategy include a $1 million Energy Efficiency Fund for ACT government agencies, a renewable energy feed-in tariff and GreenPower as the default product offered to all new electricity customers.


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