The rise of LEDs and what it means for cities
Report: LIGHTING THE CLEAN REVOLUTION: The rise of LEDs and what it means for cities
Lighting matters. Almost a fifth of global electricity is used for lighting,
which accounts for 1.9 billion tons of CO2 every year. That’s equivalent to the emissions from 70% of the world’s passenger vehicles. LEDs are revolutionizing the energy efficiency of lighting. They are also infinitely scalable, extremely reliable, and have a much longer lifetime than almost all other types of lighting. But like any new technology, they face barriers to adoption from a market unfamiliar with their benefits.
In 2009, The Climate Group, with the support of the HSBC Climate Partnership, established ‘LightSavers’, a global program to accelerate the market adoption of outdoor LED lighting and smart lighting controls. Based on a model piloted by the City of Toronto, LightSavers recruited 12 cities globally, including Kolkata, London, New York and Sydney, which under our guidance have sought to independently verify the performance of over 500 LED lamps in 15 separate trials. We worked to speed up the technology adoption process by standardizing
the testing protocol and facilitating professional exchanges among city lighting managers.
The results are very encouraging. Many of the cities participating in the project are now scaling up their trials. Examples include Central Park in New York, social housing garages in Toronto, and streets and roads in Haldia, Kolkata, Quezon City, and Sydney. This report summarizes the results, explores the global market status and potential for LED and smart control technology, and provides practical guidance for policy makers and lighting managers who want to
scale up and finance large-scale LED retrofits.
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