The Clinton Climate Initiative reports that street lighting may account for 159 terawatt hours of electricity use globally every year. A department within the William J. Clinton Foundation, the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) in a recent report highlights LED streetlights and induction streetlights as technologies that could reduce electricity consumption and greenhouse gas emissions significantly when deployed on a wide scale.
Key findings and market trends are presented in a recent CCI white paper titled “Street Lighting Retrofit Projects: Improving Performance While Reducing Costs and Greenhouse Gas Emissions.” According to Robert Koenig of the Clinton Foundation, “The document summarizes CCI’s current perspective on the global street lighting market and provides high-level guidance on the design of successful energy efficiency interventions.”
The goal of the CCI is to help cities improve energy efficiency of street lighting systems and reduce greenhouse gases produced by inefficient streetlights. The CCI advises municipalities on project management, purchasing, financing and technology. “We are officially ‘vendor neutral’ on outdoor lighting products but can help offer a perspective on which products and technologies are most favorable to a particular application,” said Koenig.
Another activity of the Clinton Climate Initiative is a partnership with the City of Los Angeles in a multi-year program to retrofit 140,000 fixtures in Los Angeles with LED streetlights.
The CCI report indicates that municipal street lighting can represent from 5 % to 60% of a city government’s electricity bill.