Green light for Glasgow eco-move

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GLASGOW is set to be the first UK city to make the switch to eco-friendly street lighting.

The council has signed up for a loan from the Green Investment Bank, which will help to finance an upgrade of the city’s 72,000 ageing sodium lamps.

Council leader Gordon Matheson said:“My vision is to make Glasgow one of Europe’s most sustainable cities.

“It is our goal to improve energy efficiency, cut carbon emissions and generate savings for the public purse.

“Glasgow city council is not only creating a digital and low-carbon route out of recession with social justice at its heart, but also ensuring Glasgow is one of Europe’s most sustainable cities.”

The move is predicted to cut Glasgow’s energy bills by around two-thirds while reducing gas emissions by more than 45,387 tonnes.

Street lighting currently costs the city approximately £8.5 million — a total of 16 per cent of Glasgow’s spend on power.

Patrick Harvie, Green MSP for the city, believes this is just one of many moves that could be made to create a greener Glasgow.

He told The Extra: “This is clearly a very positive project with lasting benefits for the city’s finances and environmental impact.

“I only wish the council could make faster progress on issues like air quality and better walking and cycling routes, which would truly transform our streets.”

It is predicted most of the outdated lights will be replaced with energy-saving LED versions by the end of next year, which could save the city almost £9 million in 18 years.