Canal Trust cuts its Canary Wharf street lighting emissions by 37 tonnes

Lighting up Canary Wharf... Nigel Shindler and Lawrie Atkinson [inset]

Lighting up Canary Wharf... Nigel Shindler and Lawrie Atkinson [inset] - Credit: Canal+River Trust

New street lights around Canary Wharf are being installed to help the Canal & River Trust reduce its energy consumption by 37 tonnes of CO2 a year.

The lamps are also expected to cut the charity organisation’s yearly electric bill for lighting up the east London docks by £10,000 and maintenance costs by £8,000.

The old lights put out more than 46 tonnes of CO2 a year — the new LED lamps are bringing it down by 80 per cent to just nine tonnes.

“These lamps are important for safety around the docks,” the trust’s maintenance supervisor Andy Slater said.

“But they are also better for the environment and will help us save money that we can re-invest in other waterway improvements.”

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He praised volunteers like Nigel Shindler and Lawrie Atkinson (pictured) for helping on the project, saving on installation costs into the bargain.

“Volunteers do a huge amount of work which is crcial in Docklands,” Slater added.

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The trust’s maintenance and engineering team rewired each of the 275 lamp-posts around South Dock, West India Dock, West India Quay and Millwall Docks, adapting them to take the new energy-efficient lamps, with the help of the volunteers.

The new lamps supplied by CEF (Docklands) in Canary Wharf and Newey & Eyre’s branch in Shadwell give an energy saving equal to 200,000 car miles or lighting up Wembley Stadium for three-and-a-half days.

The Canal Trust is the guardian of 2,000 miles of historic waterways, caring for the nation’s third-largest collection of listed structures such as the former Millwall Docks, as well as looking after museums, archives and hundreds of wildlife sites.

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