Speedy to supply eco lighting at COP26

By Belinda Smart25 October 2021

UK rental supplier Speedy is providing 400 units of tailor-made sustainable lighting for the COP26 climate summit, which opens at the Scottish Event Campus in Glasgow this Sunday 31 October and runs until 12 November.

Speedy’s bespoke lighting will save an estimated 6,200 litres of diesel and 16 tonnes of CO2e during COP26 in Glasgow.

Speedy’s National Support Centre located in Glasgow will supply a “bespoke solution” developed by Speedy for the event, comprising LED lighting towers and low energy beam control lighting heads.

Described as “highly efficient”, the lights offer up to 200 lumens for each watt of power consumed and will extend for more than three kilometres around the security perimeter of venue. 

According to Speedy, they will save an estimated 6,200 litres of diesel and 16 tonnes of CO2e.

They will also prevent noise pollution and fumes that would be produced if the lighting was powered by diesel.

Speedy’s low carbon lighting system has been deployed on other major infrastructure projects including HS2 and national core renewal rail projects.

Daryl Doherty, rail director at Speedy, said: “As such a historic and significant climate event, COP26 needed a supplier with the technology to deliver a low carbon solution to lighting, minimising the impact on the environment.

“COP26 will set out the gold standard for green events, so everything that goes into its infrastructure and management needs to be sustainable.

“Being selected as the delivery partner to light up COP26 recognises our track record in delivering sustainable solutions across major UK projects, and offers us a fantastic opportunity to demonstrate how our innovative low carbon lighting technology can play an important role in delivering a carbon-zero project.”

COP26 will be a carbon-neutral conference, certified by the International Standard for Sustainable Events (ISO20121). It has a comprehensive Carbon Management Plan designed to demonstrate leadership in sustainable event management.

The contract win follows a £6.3m investment in low-carbon lighting to help construction, infrastructure engineering and events contractors to reduce carbon emissions through electric-only operation. The investment included a joint initiative with Generac to develop the industry’s first plug-in hybrid outdoor lighting tower.

The year 2021 also saw Speedy make a net carbon zero commitment by 2050 and appoint its first environmental, social and governance director to drive its sustainability goals. 

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