The London Assembly has launched a new investigation into the environmental and financial consequences of offices and other workplaces leaving lights on throughout the night.
The investigation, to be conducted by the Assembly’s Environment Committee, is hoping to discover more about why businesses and public services in London leave lights on as well as looking at potential advantages and disadvantages for different entities of turning off lights overnight.
Darren Johnson, AM, Chair of the Environment Committee, said: “When you are out in London at night, you will see buildings all across the capital with their lights blazing. Is this necessary?
“Turning off lights saves energy and money. So we want to understand why so many workplaces leave lights on overnight.
“We also want to see if there is more that the GLA and the Mayor could be doing to enable and encourage workplace lights to be switched off when they aren’t needed.”
As part of its investigation the Committee will hold a public meeting in December. The final report is expected to be published in early 2011.