The Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council is planning to roll out energy saving lights to as many as 50 of the schools in its borough.
Schools within the South Yorkshire council’s jurisdiction make up roughly 52% of the council’s carbon dioxide emissions – around 21,396 tonnes of CO2 every year.
After cutting its energy use by 40% at three of its primary schools since replacing outdated fluorescent lighting with plug-in, low-energy lamps, the council is broadening its ambitions.
Steven Cope, the borough council’s Environmental Officer who also looks after energy said: “We’re planning a rolling programme of lighting upgrades in Rotherham schools… in batches of six”.
The lighting equipment from retrofit firm Energys was paid for through the Salix Energy Efficiency Recycling Fund, a government-backed fund which helps the public sector pay for energy saving projects.