The European Union is promoting a series of short and medium-term policy initiatives that will have a profound impact on the business models of companies that compete in the European lighting industry.
Many lighting companies discuss the impact that these new EU policies would have on the lighting sector for the sector. In Spain, ANFALUM represents us, evaluating the opportunities and weaknesses of these new regulations.
The main topics covered are energy efficiency, the environment, the use of dangerous substances, durability and repairability, reducing the ecologicalimpact of disused products that end up in the container and promoting new designs that favor the environment.
The lighting industry pioneer in optimizing the ecological footprint of the products it manufactures
Luxes iscommitted to the circular economy, this economic theory consists of reducing both the input of materials and the production of virgin waste, closing the “loops” or economic and ecological flows of resources.
One of the first laws embodied in the action plan has to do with the regulation on energy efficiency for lighting products. They bet on the possibility of substituting the light source (LED) and drivers with a mandatory character in the luminaires.
The EU focuses on the circular economy by promoting business models that promote ease of maintenance, increase the useful life and design of a product that is easy to repair and recycle, Luxes works with modular products that can be opened, facilitating that the components can be easily separated and replaced by the customer.
This is one of the strongest points addressed bythe circular economy, focusing on maintenance, a factor that will increase the technical and economic useful life of the product. Providing a benefit for the environment and optimizing the time and resources of the end user.
“Luxes encourages this technological advance by allowing stakeholders to choose the technology, design and model of their products”
Another point that has been discussed is the gradual elimination of conventional products and technologies, the use of dangerous substances that can harm people and the environment. At present, conventional lamps are treated by two different processes in the EU.
There are two other potential regulatory challenges underway in Europe: the development of a marker system to assess the repairability and, where appropriate, improvement of products. At the moment, this initiative excludes luminaires, but there is a possibility that the repairability marker system will become mandatory and could be expanded to cover lighting.
The possibility of using the bonuses of ecological public procurement and extended producer responsibility to promote the purchase of circular products and incentivize consumers to choose them will be studied.
Everything that has been proposed is expected to be put into operation from 2020, but first they must make a forecast about the impact that these new regulations will have for businesses, both positive and negative parts, such as what will happen with small businesses that offer luminaires. domestic type lamps and bulbs that are not reusable nor their components can be modified for recycling.