50,000 LEDs installed in National Car Parks estate
National Car Parks (NCP) has installed its 50,000th LED luminaire, completing the first phase of planned installations ahead of schedule.
The LED lighting initiative is expected to reduce energy usage by 67% per year generating savings of 11,000 tonnes of CO2 per year and more than £25m over the life time of the lighting system.
Work began in January 2014 with the aim of replacing old high energy lighting systems with an energy-efficient lighting solution in more than 150 multi-storey car parks in the UK.
The installation was carried out by green technology company Future Energy Solutions (FES). FES and the NCP will now embark on the second phase of installations with a further 35,000 LED lights across a number of environments managed by NCP such as multi-storey car parks, station car parks and local authority sites.
The project is funded by FES in partnership with the UK Green Investment Bank, meaning NCP did not have to provide any upfront capital. The six-year contract allows FES to receive remuneration through the cost reduction in NCP's energy bills by calculating the difference in energy consumption. All the installations are maintained for the life of the contract at no extra cost to NCP.
FES commercial director Marcus Brodin commented on the environmental significance of the project, "NCP's CO2 emissions will be reduced by 11,000 tonnes per annum and mono-nitrogen oxide will be lowered by 248lbs over the same period. This is the equivalent of 10,924 trees being saved or filling up 321,695 fuel tanks every year."
NCP manages more than 150,000 spaces across more than 500 car parks throughout the UK and the new LEDs will lead to significant energy savings and reduced running costs. CEO of National Car Parks Jo Cooper concluded, "I am absolutely delighted with the progress made on this project so far and we are already experiencing the benefits of LED technology.
"Not only will we save £25,191,720 over the lifetime of the new luminaires, just as importantly, the FES solution offers a significant and measurable means of reducing our carbon footprint - something which supports our corporate social responsibility policy. I'm looking forward to getting phase two underway."