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British company plans to brighten Sri Lankan streets with LED lighting

By Bandula Sirimanna

A Hong Kong-based British company, Carbon Futures has expressed willingness to introduce energy-efficient LED (light-emitting diode) lighting to Sri Lanka - the next wave in lighting of the future -, with the potential to replace even compact fluorescent lights.

Anthony Arman Allan Cooper

Stressing the company’s intention of providing energy efficiency solutions via lighting Anthony Arman, Managing Director of Carbon Futures told the Business Times that the two-member team of British experts headed by him has already informed the Sri Lankan government agencies they are ready to assist in addressing the country’s carbon emission reduction policies, by advising them on the most equitable pathway to realizing significant additional revenue streams, whilst achieving full compliance with existing emission reduction commitments. He noted that LED Lighting is one of the solutions for carbon emissions and it will conserve energy as well.

Carbon Futures will provide technical know-how equipment and other support services to illuminate the network of roads in the island with LED bulbs which are controlled by Robotic devices. Switching on and off, dimming and brightening the lights will be controlled by these devices, he revealed. The company has already proposed a national LED street-lighting programme for Sri Lanka to enable it to claim carbon credit, Mr Arman said. Discussions are underway with the government to implement a pilot LED street-lighting project in Gampaha town with an initial investment of over US$11 million, he said. Adopting LED lighting certainly makes sense as an eco-conscious move amid concerns of the greenhouse effect for, an LED lamp burns half or less energy than an incandescent bulb of similar brightness, he added.

He disclosed that Sri Lanka has great potential to actively reduce carbon emissions and as living standards continue to improve, consumers may be better prepared to replace the existing incandescent bulbs with more eco-friendly LED counterparts, setting the stage for a massive business opportunity.
He said that under this plan all traffic lights island-wide will be replaced with LED within a short period of time, with street lights upgraded at a faster pace. Besides cutting carbon emissions, this plan to replace traffic and street lights with LED counterparts will also help to enhance the national image, portraying the island as one with green lighting.

Company Director Allan Cooper said that Carbon Futures has teamed up with RONA Electricals (Pvt) Ltd, a LED lighting manufacturer in Sri Lanka, offering energy-efficient environmentally friendly LED lighting to industry and residential markets. Carbon Futures will make a capital investment which they intend to recover via carbon credit at no cost to the government, he said. “Our partnership enables us to bring very advance LED technology that lasts nearly 10 years compared to inferior LEDs from China or Korea. All LED bubs will be made in Sri Lanka giving new jobs and extending export potential to earn foreign markets,” he added.

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