Edinburgh streetlight upgrade scoops Energy Project of the Year award


A project to upgrade more than 55,000 streetlights to energy efficient LEDs has won a national prize at the Energy Awards 2022.

Amey put forward the submission for the Energy Project of the Year accolade, after carrying out the works alongside Currie & Brown on behalf of the City of Edinburgh Council.

The local authority said the work is expected to save around £54 million over a 20-year period and has already reduced total street lighting energy consumption by approximately 60%, whilst also seeing CO2 emissions drop by 75%.

Councillor Scott Arthur, transport and environment convener at the City of Edinburgh Council, said, “This award is testament to the hard work of all those involved in this major project, as well as the value it will deliver in terms of energy efficiencies, cost savings and lowering the city’s CO2 emissions. These are the kind of innovations we need to see to meet the Council’s net zero 2030 aims and provide a greener, more welcoming city for future generations.”

Nick Powell, account director at Amey, added, “I’m thrilled that our team has been recognised for their hard work, innovative direction and dedication to upgrade and reduce carbon emissions through our streetlighting works in Edinburgh. It’s been a real collaborative project working with Currie & Brown and the City of Edinburgh so to receive this award for Energy Project of the Year not only shows what can be achieved when working together but the energy and cost savings that can be made when we think differently about how we replace and upgrade streetlighting infrastructure.”

Jack Keillor, project manager and associate director at Currie & Brown, commented, “This project has delivered what it set out to deliver. The project has reduced street lighting energy consumption by approximate 60% compared to the baseline year and has seen CO2 reduce by 75% (helped by a reduction in the energy company’s reduction in their energy factor) with the same baseline.

“The City of Edinburgh Council has also avoided energy consumption costs of almost £3.8m to the end of March 2022. The project was also delivered under budget, with a strong safety record and all in the backdrop of Brexit and a global pandemic. So, winning this award is truly the icing on the cake.”