Stoke-on-Trent City Council's HQ building at The Civic Centre on Glebe Street.
Lighting Partnership Achieves Savings for UK Council
A partnership between Siemens and LED lighting supplier the Lynx Group is reducing Stoke-on-Trent City Council's annual energy bill by over £205,663.
New energy-efficient LED lighting systems have been installed across the council’s property portfolio in a 9-month project to enhance the lighting environment across the estate.
The joint investment scheme has guaranteed significant energy savings and cut carbon emissions of 437 tonnes each year. The new lighting systems have reduced lighting loads by 76 per cent with annual savings of £205,663.
The new energy-efficient lighting systems have been installed in the Civic Centre and Town Hall, in Stoke; Swann House administrative centre, John Street Multi-Storey Car Park, in Hanley; Gladstone Pottery Museum, in Longton; Hanley Market, and in three sports and leisure facilities – Fenton Manor Sports Complex, Dimensions Leisure Centre and New Horizons Sport and Leisure Centre.
In total 5,440 energy-efficient LED luminaires were installed, saving the council 1,413,785 kWhrs per annum.
The 10-year lease scheme has already provided significant value for money, with costs being covered by the savings over the lifetime of the programme. Smart Infrastructure is contracted to fit and maintain the new systems designed and be guaranteed by Siemens as part of the agreement.
Councillor Carl Edwards, Cabinet Member, comments: "We have a responsibility to our residents to ensure we get the very best value for money throughout the running of our operations and this scheme has helped deliver greater efficiencies and saved money for the city.
"In addition, we have significantly reduced carbon emissions in our key public buildings which supports our commitment to protecting and improving our environment. By entering into this agreement with an industry leader we have delivered improvements in our public buildings with reduced running costs, which has been good news for people in the city."
Carl Ennis, managing director of Siemens Smart Infrastructure, adds: "We are delighted to have supported the council in its mission to drive down energy costs and reduce carbon emissions across the district. This has been an ambitious upgrade, spread across multiple sites and public buildings, that has delivered significant financial and environmental savings. Against a backdrop of rising energy costs, shrinking budgets and a demand for lower-carbon targets, the move to a modern energy-efficient lighting system has provided both better value for taxpayers and a sustainable greener environment for the future."
Dave Kelly, Siemens Project Manager for the lighting project also adds: "Siemens has been collaborating with Stoke-on-Trent City Council to develop potential energy projects as part of the 2020 ‘Stronger Together’ strategy. While there have been multiple energy saving opportunities, the lighting replacement programme represented its fastest route to making a difference. By freeing up the capital being spent on energy bills the council now has greater financial freedom to divert funds for other essential services across the borough. The project showcases the merits of a successful public private sector partnership."
Darren Walsh, managing director of the Lynx Group believes the project showcases what can be achieved as a result of collaboration. He says: "The way in which Siemens and Stoke City Council embraced the project from the outset was incredible, they provided support at every stage and worked diligently in pursuit of a successful outcome."