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UK Government and County Councils

After another UN Climate Conference with precious little practical action, we are demanding that the UK sets an example to the rest of the world and takes a common sense, decisive approach to dealing with climate change.

To this end we are calling for a concerted, national policy to upgrade all street lights and illuminated signs so that they are powered by solar or wind energy. This will save us money in the long term and will permanently reduce our CO2 emissions.

This petition is calling on the Government and the County Councils to commit to a clear time frame:
-First to provide encouragment to companies to develop a product
-Secondly a deadline must be set for all new street lights to be solar or wind powered
-Finally a clear schedule to upgrade all existing street lights

At a time when the Government should be looking to increase capital investment and maintain the UK skills base, this also provides the perfect opportunity to aid the UK economy's transition to a more sustainable one.

Signed,

Alex Calnan

This petition closed over 2 years ago

How this will help

Solar and wind powered street lights remove CO2 emissions and will save the taxpayer money.

The UK, like all other nations, has a responsibility to reduce it's impact on the environment. There are...

Solar and wind powered street lights remove CO2 emissions and will save the taxpayer money.

The UK, like all other nations, has a responsibility to reduce it's impact on the environment. There are approximately 8 million street lights in the UK, which are currently powered by burning fossil fuels. The technology already exists and has been proven to work. There are already other cities beginning to put solar and wind powered street lights in, for example Masdar in UAE.

County Councils and the Highways Agency are responsible for the UK's street lights and illuminated signs. Many of them are currently trying to save money by switching the lights off during the early hours of the morning. This is a very short term solution as energy prices will continue to increase and so the councils will be forced to further reduce the periods that our streets are safely lit.

A far more sensible approach is to switch to solar and/or wind powered lights with ultra-efficient bulbs. After the initial investment the new lights will save the taxpayer money every year.

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