With the world’s population reaching ever-larger numbers and the world’s greenhouse gas emissions having increased exponentially over the last few decades, it’s more important than ever that businesses take responsibility for their carbon footprint and focus on creating a more sustainable work environment.
One of the best ways for a business to begin lowering its carbon output is to make the switch from traditional lighting systems to modern LED lighting infrastructure. Lighting contributes a significant portion of greenhouse gases to the UK’s total emissions, but LEDs use much less energy than other forms of lighting.
The switch to LED lighting can substantially lower a business’s carbon footprint. In this article, we take a detailed look at why that’s important for the future of the planet.
Net Zero Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 2050
In 2019, the UK government announced a new and ambitious goal that hopes to tackle the problems caused by excess greenhouse gas emissions head-on. By 2050, the government aims to have reduced greenhouse gas emissions to ‘net zero’.
The project is designed to create a more sustainable economy, with a focus on clean, green and sustainable energy. By 2050, all greenhouse gas emissions will be drastically reduced and offset by carbon reduction schemes. If the plan works, the UK will be carbon neutral.
Net zero will lay the groundwork for a greener future and for long-term, environmentally friendly economic growth. This will help tackle global issues such as climate change, while also helping businesses to upgrade their infrastructure and save on both energy and costs.
Traditional Lighting vs. LED Lighting
The government will implement schemes and offer grants to encourage businesses to switch to more sustainable infrastructure. Of course, the government can’t achieve net zero without the direct help of business owners implementing change in their own workplaces.
One way for businesses to help bring about net zero is to make the switch to LED lighting, a much more energy-efficient alternative to traditional lighting.
Traditional lighting found in many workplaces (and homes) across the country makes use of incandescent bulbs, where light is produced when a filament is heated. Heating the filament to produce light requires large quantities of energy.
LED lighting (light emitting diodes) is much more modern, using a semiconductor that emits light when energy is passed through it, rather than heating it. Over time, this can save vast amounts of energy from being used, with energy reductions of between 75% and 90% common when making the switch to LED.
How LED Lighting Helps Your Carbon Footprint
LEDs offer a much more efficient way to produce light, because not only do they require much less energy than traditional bulbs, but they produce a much brighter light that lasts longer.
The resulting energy savings directly allow a business to lower its greenhouse gas emissions, helping to improve its carbon footprint.
As LED lights require fewer replacements and repairs over time because they last for longer than traditional bulbs, LED lighting is a much more environmentally friendly lighting system to have installed in the workplace.
The Benefits of Switching to LED Lighting
For businesses debating making the switch from traditional, incandescent lighting to modern LED lighting, it’s important to remember that you won’t just be lowering your carbon footprint. As well as helping to lower the energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions of a business, LED lighting has numerous benefits waiting to be realised:
- Energy savings are directly translated into cost savings, making LED lighting a cost-effective investment.
- LED lighting is incredibly versatile and can perform the same functions and roles as traditional lighting systems.
- LED lighting can be used inside and outside, for both security and work purposes.
- LED lighting can be installed on a large scale (for example, in football stadiums) and in smaller spaces (offices).
- LED lighting provides bright light, creating a safer, more visible work environment.
- LED lighting is weatherproof, hardwearing and needs little maintenance. LED lights can often last as long as 20 years before they need replacing.
- LED lighting can be installed in a variety of colours for a range of roles, in industrial, commercial and personal capacities.
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