LIFE covers all aspects of lighting, including design, installation, energy supply and technical upgrades. For example, Mitie will update LED chips in luminaires to more efficient versions when they become available. Kerry Sheehan, national mobile services director, said: ‘We’re forcing manufacturers to push ahead and develop advanced parts, so it’s not the whole system that has to be replaced.’
Mitie has launched a planned lighting maintenance service, Lighting In Future Environments (LIFE)
Lighting businesses can now apply for green finance from the Carbon Trust and Siemens. Worth up to £550 million over the next three years, the dedicated low carbon scheme is the first of its kind and will enable UK businesses to invest in energy efficiency equipment including lamps, luminaires and controls.
Public sector green funding body Salix has announced that academy schools are now eligible for interest-free loans to spend on replacing their lighting and other inefficient technologies.