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LED pilot project launches in New York City

Date
17 September 2009

International NGO The Climate Group today launched a ground-breaking LED pilot project in New York City to assess potential of this low carbon technology in curbing urban greenhouse gas pollution and cutting energy costs, while making cities brighter and safer at night.

The new LED pilot is backed by The Climate Group, New York City Department of Transportation and U.S. Department of Energy who will work together as partners over the next 12 months to test the performance of nine different LED lighting products installed on FDR Drive and in Central Park.

New York is the first city to launch an LED pilot project under the global 'LightSavers' program, established by the City of Toronto in 2008 and now led by The Climate Group. The program is funded by the HSBC Climate Partnership which supports The Climate Group's pioneering work to create cleaner climate-friendly world cities.

The new LED pilot project supports key goals outlined in Mayor Michael Bloomberg's PlaNYC sustainability agenda, which calls for a 30 per cent cut in New York's greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and a 30 per cent reduction in municipal government's own emissions by 2017.

New York City Department of Transportation Commissioner Sadik-Khan said: "Energy-efficient lighting is a common-sense approach to tackling global climate change, and New York continues to lead the way as an internationally recognized leader in sustainability."

Rohit T. Aggarwala, Director of NYC Mayor's Office for Long-term Planning and Sustainability said: "Achieving a greener, greater New York will require all City agencies and all New Yorkers to take those steps where they can cost-effectively improve efficiency and the environment in the areas they control."

Dasha Rettew, head of The Climate Group's US Cities & Technology Program said: "We are proud to partner with the City of New York on this groundbreaking new LED pilot project. By working with the world's largest cities, we will establish a series of outdoor LED pilot tests that will unlock critical data, independent from manufacturers, to demonstrate the real-world return on investment, performance and carbon saving benefits of this transformative and scalable clean technology."

Supported by its influential network of city, state and provincial membership, The Climate Group plans to roll out future LED pilots across other major cities in the US, China, Europe, Canada and Australia. Globally, almost two-thirds of outdoor lighting is owned by municipal and regional governments, so The Climate Group's network can play a major role by driving demand through scaled-up LED projects. These trials will contribute vital information to understanding how new low carbon LED technologies might be deployed at scale.

Further details of the LightSavers program will be announced in the next few months.

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