Suffolk County Council are looking to reduce their carbon footprint by investing £9.8m in street lighting, if an LED street lighting replacement project is given the go-ahead. The council says it recognises the importance of climate change, the need to reduce the effects of this and its role in protecting the environment. The council owns and maintains over 60,000 street lights. Back in 2010, the county council took numerous steps to help reduce both the energy costs and carbon footprint of its lighting stock. This included switching many street lights off, initially from midnight and conversion to LED for lighting units consuming the highest levels of energy. The Council has said its proposal to convert the remaining street lighting stock to LED, will help to reduce both Suffolk’s energy consumption and carbon footprint, whilst providing crisper illumination of the streets for residents. The project will also ensure that Suffolk remains more resilient to any future energy price increases.