Doubling rate of building renovations to 3% per year
Upgrading lighting is the quickest and least intrusive part of building and infrastructure renovation, reducing the built environment’s lighting-related energy consumption by up to 80%, delivering carbon emissions reductions and cost savings. By moving directly to connected lighting, countries can also further their digital ambitions. It will accelerate the adoption of smart technologies in government buildings, industry, and households in the region, reaping benefits in productivity, health and wellbeing, and digital innovation. A revision of buildings codes will help to accelerate renovations around the globe
‘’Decarbonising the United Kingdom and Ireland’s built environment is a significant challenge that also comes with major opportunities – accelerating the adoption of energy-efficient solutions and job creation. For the success of the green agenda, the government needs to ensure quick and big wins. Encouraging energy-efficient retrofits in the built environment and better planning new infrastructure development, with a focus on technologies that can expedite reduction of carbon emissions can offer definite results. LED lighting is one of the quickest renovations that dramatically cuts carbon - it does not require large capital investments and has a short payback time,” said Stephen Rouatt, CEO of Signify UK&I. “We understand the urgency of the current climate crisis and as leaders in the lighting sector, we have a firm commitment to transformative action. Our solutions and services can help the agenda, ensuring the success of the UK COP 26 Presidency goals and in the United Kingdom and Ireland’s green recovery.”
Raising awareness among consumers
Consumers can also play their own part in reducing CO2 emissions by switching to smart home lighting technologies and other ultra-efficient lighting innovations. To raise awareness and accelerate such a switch, Signify calls for the creation of public awareness campaigns that highlight the benefits of these lighting innovations, and to allocate some of the recovery funding for household lighting upgrades at municipal level.
Having people upgrade all their residential lighting would reduce their electricity use and CO2 emissions and lower their electricity bills.
Learn more about Signify’s actions to accelerate climate action on the dedicated Green Switch UK webpages.