Melbourne, Australia Sustainable Lighting Action Plan 2005-2010

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Melbourne, Australia

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Type: Policy

Status: Adopted

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There are more than 13,000 street lights within the City of Melbourne. Electricity distributors CitiPower and Alinta own and maintain these lights, with network charges and service costs paid by Council.

Apart from the arrangements with CitiPower and Alinta to keep the lamps and poles in good order, the City of Melbourne is responsible for the electricity consumed. The electricity used in public lighting accounts for more than half of Council’s greenhouse emissions.

The City of Melbourne’s Sustainable Lighting Action Plan 2005-2010 is a five year plan to manage street lighting to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve overall environmental performance. It delivers improvements in four priority areas:

1. Energy efficiency – Council is working with electricity distributors towards a transition to more efficient lighting technologies.
2. Renewable energy and offset options – in February 2007, Council increased its purchases of renewable energy, so that 50 per cent of core public lighting needs are now met through accredited green power.
3. Waste management – Council intends to phase out the use of mercury vapour lamps, which contain hazardous materials to dispose of when lamps reach the end of their life.
4. Better management of public lighting – Council is committed to developing a stronger partnership with its electricity distributors in the management of non-standard lights, the use of new technologies, and ensuring high levels of service.

Since the Plan was developed, Council has stepped up its target for greenhouse emissions from the public lighting sector to a 42 per cent reduction from base year levels in 1996/97 by 2010.

Sustainable Public Lighting Action Plan 2005-2010 (PDF)

Sustainable Public Lighting Action Plan 2005-2010 (DOC)

The Sustainable Public Lighting Action Plan 2005-2010 works with the Lighting Strategy 2002.

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