In late 2011 Carbon Reduction Technology were commissioned by Rob Warner of Middlesbrough Council to create a greener lighting unit to be retrofitted into the region's Middlehaven Subway System. Middlesbrough became only the second region in the UK to receive a One Planet Living award through their outstanding contribution to sustainable living.
Middlesbrough Council has implemented a number of schemes to reduce energy consumption and maintenance costs throughout the Borough. "There was plenty of scope to reduce carbon emissions and create a more efficient lighting system with the Middlesbrough pedestrian subways," commented William Robson, "the lighting team at Middlesbrough have been extremely visionary with their eco lighting strategies."
Robson designed a retrofit gear-tray, replacing the original 70 watt fluorescent fittings with a 24 watt LED module. Fourteen of the custom designed pedestrian subway units were then retrofitted at the Middlehaven site to trial the technology. Following the resounding success of the new unit, Middlesbrough Council proceeded to order a further 180 subway lighting units to install across the remainder of the Middlesbrough pedestrian subway system. The new technology is estimated to save the region 57,000 kilowatt hours in energy and over 30 tonnes of carbon every year.