Sustainability in the Lighting Industry: A Candid Look from Phos

Phos | Added: 15/05/24

THE DISCUSSION: COMMERCIAL IMPERATIVE OR ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY?

At Phos, we had the honour of being represented on an insightful panel discussion titled “Commercial Imperative or Environmental Responsibility?”. Our Sustainability Director and CTO, Xander Cadisch, joined other lighting industry leaders to weigh in on the critical question: Is there an inherent clash between environmental stewardship and operating a profitable lighting business?

The discourse was engaging and thought-provoking, but one key takeaway resonated deeply with us at Phos. We firmly believe that the industry needs to agree universally upon the type of green certs required for products (Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) and Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) to name two).

TM66: A STEP TOWARDS ENVIRONMENTAL ACCOUNTABILITY

While we await the establishment of such a universal certification, we see TM66 as an excellent intermediary tool. TM66 enables the calculation of embodied carbon footprints, offering an affordable and adaptable means to gauge our products’ environmental impacts. This insight is invaluable as we strive to make more informed decisions. However, our sights remain set on an industry-wide, universally accepted certification. A standardised approach would foster accurate comparisons, bolster consumer confidence, and catalyse demand for truly sustainable offerings.

EMBRACING B CORP CERTIFICATION

Beyond environmental factors, we at Phos are steadfastly committed to the ethos of the B Corp certification. This esteemed accreditation serves as our “North Star,” driving us to continually evaluate our engagement with the local community and every facet of our operations – including how we support and empower our valued employees. The B Corp certification embodies our conviction that sustainability transcends minimising environmental footprints. It is a comprehensive philosophy encompassing social responsibility, ethical business practices, and creating shared value for all stakeholders.

HOW CAN LIGHTING BE SUSTAINABLE?

 

Sustainable lighting involves adopting practices such as utilising energy-efficient technologies, embracing renewable energy sources, and implementing design strategies that minimise environmental impact. At Phos, we advocate for green certifications and tools like TM66 to gauge and reduce our products’ environmental footprint.

THE PATH FORWARD IN THE LIGHTING INDUSTRY :

COLLABORATION AND COLLECTIVE PROGRESS

As the lighting industry navigates the complexities of sustainability, collaboration is paramount. By joining forces, sharing best practices, and aligning our efforts, we can precipitate meaningful change and forge a future where environmental accountability and commercial success are symbiotic, not adversarial.

We would like to extend our sincere gratitude to the fellow panellists who contributed their valuable insights: Lucie Sidwell from Lucent Lighting, Gary Thornton from Nulty, Mark Shortland from Shoplight, and Rebecca Hatch from WSP in the UK. Their perspectives enriched the discourse and underscored the complexities surrounding sustainability in our industry.

Lighting significantly impacts sustainability through energy consumption, carbon emissions, light pollution, and resource depletion. By prioritising energy-efficient lighting solutions and considering factors like embodied carbon footprints, we can minimise these negative effects and promote environmental stewardship.

As the lighting industry navigates the complexities of sustainability, collaboration is paramount. By joining forces, sharing best practices, and aligning our efforts, we can precipitate meaningful change and forge a future where environmental accountability and commercial success are symbiotic, not adversarial.

Moreover, we appreciate the efforts of Recolight and the Lighting Industry Association (LIA) in facilitating this crucial conversation. Platforms like these are vital for fostering collaboration, sharing best practices, and propelling our collective progress towards a more sustainable future.

At Phos, we remain committed to this pursuit, leveraging our innovative spirit and industry expertise to illuminate a more sustainable path forward.


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