Will clients pay for lighting that’s kind to the environment?

The interior of a Sainsbury's supermarket
Sainsbury’s is one of the participants in this month’s Lighting and the Circular Economy webinar which will explore how sustainable lighting can be deployed in the market

WILL MAJOR clients of the industry pay the premium for sustainable lighting that consumes less of the world’s resources?

That’s the question that’s set to be addressed in a major gathering of sector experts this month.

The third Recolight webinar in the Lighting & the Circular Economy series – scheduled for 11am on Tuesday 15 September – will explore how manufacturers, government, organisations, trade bodies and clients can make truly environmentally friendly lighting a reality in the market place.

It look at the next steps the lighting industry needs to take to move towards a Circular Economy. 

Introducing and chairing the webinar series is Ray Molony, online editor Lux Review. Molony, a strong advocate of moving towards a sustainable industry, says: ‘It’s vital that the industry has a meaningful dialogue with its customers and other stakeholders about how we play our role in fixing our wounded planet. 

‘Inevitably, there will be extra costs associated with sustainable and circular economy measures, and we need to address these honestly and holistically.’

Helen Loomes, business development director at Trilux Lighting, will explore Repro-light, the European research project that aims to support the European lighting industry in moving towards a more sustainable and competitive future. 

‘As part of the global community we all have to look very seriously at our legacy and adjust how we live now. 

‘We aim to inform ourselves of the very best way to a sustainable future, so research is a key factor here.

‘When we truly investigate, without prejudice or assumptions, the results can be surprising.  

‘We want to share this information and work with the whole community to jointly make a difference.’

Michael Grubb, creative director of Michael Grubb Studio, a leading lighting deign practice, will share the success of the company’s Re:lit project.  

Sine 2014 the endeavour has taken second-hand lighting equipment that would be sent to landfill and put them in a new environment to be used.

Owain Griffiths is head of circular economy etrategy at Oakdene Hollins. It  support organisations and policy makers transitioning to a circular economy. He will discuss the size, barriers, and opportunities to deploying a circular economy model.

William Skeates, senior compliance and sustainability manager at Sky will share its sustainability governance and objectives. The circular economy model is just one enabler of Sky’s business goal to be carbon zero by 2030.

Peter Fordham of Sainsbury’s will discuss how clients and the industry can work together to get sustainable lighting onto the market. 

Recolight CEO Nigel Harvey, said: ‘Recolight had originally planned to run a one day circular economy workshop in London.  

‘But lockdown meant that had to change, and we took the decision to run webinars instead. 

‘More people have been able to attend.  Lower costs meant we could make attendance free of charge.  

‘And no delegate or speaker travel significantly reduced our carbon footprint – so vital in the current climate crisis. T

‘he result has been excellent – thanks both to our speakers, and particularly to the direction provided by Ray Molony.’

The webinar concludes with a panel discussion addressing the end user; their expectations, requirements, and how the lighting industry should position themselves with a circular economy model. 

The webinar is free to join, registration is required HERE.