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UKRLG e-newsletter February 2015
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Code of Practice review well underway

The UKRLG Codes of Practice are under review.  The objective of the review is to update the advice in the Codes to reflect current developments in the sector and bring a fundamental change in the way highway infrastructure is managed in the UK, through the adoption of a risk based approach.  This covers the development or revision of guidance and advice for routine and cyclical maintenance, inspections, climate change and resilience, with the aim of reducing the overall cost of the service while not compromising statutory duties.

The review of the Codes started in Autumn 2014 and the revised Codes are due to be published in Autumn 2015. An important part of the project is consultation with the wider sector which started with a webinar in December 2014 setting out the aim, scope and governance arrangements for the review.  The recorded webinar is available from the following link.

During February and March, a series of workshops will be held in England, Scotland and Wales.  The first one took place on the 26 February in Wales.  Further details here

New street lighting toolkit gives UK's councils power to save millions

LED Lighting - Glenwood Close in Medway"The toolkit can be used across the UK so there are wide benefits from the work incubated in Scotland", said Lindsay McGregor, associate director at Scottish Futures Trust and Chairman of the UK Lighting Board.

As the cost of electricity is set to double over the next ten years, an easy-to-use toolkit has been launched to give UK's local authorities real-time information on how many millions they would save by phasing in energy efficient LED street lights.

The new street lighting toolkit gives UK councils power to save millions. 

Developed by the Scottish Futures Trust (SFT) and supported by the Scottish Government through its Resource Efficient Scotland (RES) programme, the toolkit allows councils to input their current street lighting data which in turn calculates what the reduced electricity usage would be if they changed to new, energy-efficient LED lighting. The toolkit also calculates what level of investment is required by the council to replace its old lights with new LED fittings, and the payback period of the loan.

Across Scotland, there are nearly 900,000 street lights costing local authorities £41 million in annual electricity charges. The street lights also impact on the environment by releasing 199,091 tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere each year.  With councils under constant pressure to make the best use of limited budgets, SFT is encouraging them to use the toolkit which has demonstrated in trials that the average council can save between 60-70% of their present electricity costs, whilst also benefitting the environment.

Further details here of the story.  To request a copy of the toolkit, please click here

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