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AWARD FOR USING 'GREEN' MOTORWAY LIGHTING

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An increasing amount of lighting used on the country's motorways is ...
An increasing amount of lighting used on the country's motorways is

coming from renewable sources.

To power the lighting equipment on motorways the Highways Agency

consumes 200 million kilowatt hours of electricity each year,

equivalent to 60,000 family homes. The agency now finds 15% of this

energy from sustainable sources, a figure above governmental targets.

This achievement was recently recognised by Office of Government

Commerce which awarded the agency their 'Green Certificate'.

Highways Agency procurement director, Steve Rowsell said: 'Our use of

Green Energy sits alongside our Biodiversity Action Plan as evidence

of our commitment to supporting the environment. We need to maintain

a balance between our responsibility to develop and operate the

strategic road network effectively and our responsibility to sustain

and enhance the environment.

'By sourcing 15% of our energy from renewable resources we are

setting a good standard. Only 3% of the UK's energy is supplied from

renewable sources, so for the agency to procure this amount of green

energy is a considerable step forward. Government targets require us

to find 10% of our power from green sources by 2008, we are clearly

already exceeding this target and plan to further improve in the

future.'

Notes

1. The Highways Agency is an executive agency of the Department for

Transport. It manages, maintains and improves the network of trunk

roads and motorways in England on behalf of the secretary of state.

It works closely with other transport operators and with local

authorities to integrate the trunk road network with the rest of

England's roads and other forms of travel.

2. Information about roadworks across England's motorway and trunk

road network is available from the Highways Agency Information Line

on 08457 504030 or from the Highways Agency website

www.highways.gov.uk

Issued by the Highways Agency Press Office.

For further information please contact Ben Wills on 020 7153 4847

Email ben.wills@highways.gsi.gov.uk

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