LED Scale-up

We're working to transform how we light our world.

Lighting accounts for nearly 6% of global CO2 emissions. A global switch to energy efficient light emitting diode (LED) technology could save over 1,400 million tons of CO2 and avoid the construction of 1,250 power stations.

Following the historic global Paris Agreement, effective climate actions are needed. With savings of up to 50-70%, LED lighting has been recognized as one of the most actionable and ready-to-implement technologies for cities to transition to a low carbon economy and peak emissions in the next decade.


The Climate Group is working to accelerate adoption of LED street lighting in cities around the globe.

Since our LightSavers project – a ground-breaking global trial of LED street lighting that showcased how LEDs are ready for large-scale roll out – many cities have made the switch. Early adopters such as Los Angeles are reporting energy bill savings of 63%.

But many major global cities are still yet to adopt LEDs. To find out why, we launched a Global LED Consultation which identifies and addresses remaining regional barriers to global LED uptake. Our findings reveal that while technological barriers have largely been overcome, specific challenges remain around lack of capacity to address individual city circumstances and identify the most appropriate adoption strategy.

To drive LED scale-up, The Climate Group called for every city and utility in the world to switch to LED street lighting (or as energy efficient as) by 2025 – and for policymakers to define clear long-term strategies that will encourage adoption of energy efficient technologies.


To continue supporting cities toward this 2025 target, we will focus on key areas including: 

  • Global LED Consultation: Ongoing consultation to identify and address remaining barriers to scale-up.
  • LED knowledge base: A growing database of LED-related information and materials. 
  • LED financing: Program to explore new financing models to manage the risk of investment for LED infrastructure projects.
  • LED adoption by utilities: Program to identify opportunities and supporting policies to promote energy efficient LED lighting by utilities.
  • Off-grid LED lighting: Project to explore opportunities for off-grid LED lighting solutions in cities and rural locations.

LED Scale-up

For more info or to join any of the LED projects, contact us.
+44 (0)20 7960 2970
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