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Dubai: The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) in Dubai registered significant power savings of 12.6 gigawatt-hours in 2017 thanks to energy efficient street lighting.

The power savings are equivalent to reducing carbon emissions by 5,430 tonnes.

The energy savings was brought about by RTA’s initiative to replace street lamps with more energy efficient light as part of its strategic objective of nurturing a sustainable environment through saving power consumption.

“A plan has been endorsed to replace the conventional street-lighting units of HID type by LED lights, following savings amounting to 50 per cent resulting from the Traffic and Roads Agency’s pilot project of replacing HID by LED units in several areas of Dubai,” said engineer Maitha Bin Adai, CEO of RTA’s Traffic and Roads Agency.

Bin Adai said RTA is committed to realising the vision of Dubai Government for sustainable development through introducing power-saving plans. The replacement of HID lights by LED lights is part of the its power-saving initiatives, which include the partial switching off of lights in residential areas and revising the street-lighting hours while taking into consideration the security and safety of road users.

“The resultant power savings is expected to reach 22 Gigawatt-Hour in 2018, i.e. almost double of that achieved in 2017. It is equally important to promote the positive environmental practices as it leads to a substantial change in environmental, economic and social attitudes,” Bin Adai said.