RTA says new lighting tech saved Dubai 21.7 GWh of power in 2018

Replacing HID lamps with LED lighting units reduced 8,473 t of carbon emissions, CEO of RTA's traffic and roads agency says

RTA saved 21.7GWh of electricity in 2018.
RTA saved 21.7GWh of electricity in 2018.

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has revealed that its power saving initiative to replace conventional HID lights with LED lighting units resulted in electricity savings of 21.7 gigawatt-hours (GWh) and carbon emission reductions of 8,473 tonnes in 2018.

RTA’s electricity savings initiatives included the revision of timings for street-lights in residential areas, with some units also being switched off.

Before implementing the lighting replacement project, research teams from RTA trialled the technology in various parts of Dubai, including Rashidiya, which noted power savings of 50%.

Chief executive officer of the authority's traffic and roads agency, Eng Maitha bin Adai, said the RTA expected to record electricity savings of 26 GWh in 2019, an 18% hike over the figure reported in 2018.

“It is extremely important to roll out initiatives to raise the public awareness to promote reducing electricity consumption and the culture of saving energy amongst citizens and residents, in line with the Dubai Government Plan 2021.”

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