The European Union is promoting a series of political initiatives in the short and medium term that will have a profound impact on the business models of competing companies. in the European lighting industry.
Many lighting companies are debating the impact that these new EU policies on the lighting sector would have on the sector. In Spain we represent ANFALUM evaluating what the opportunities and weaknesses of these new regulations will be.
The main topics addressed are energy efficiency, the environment, the use of hazardous substances, durability and reparability, reducing the ecological impact they suppose the products in disuse that finish in the container and promote new designs that favor the environment.
The industry of lighting pioneer in optimizing the ecological footprint of the products it manufactures
Luxes commitment to the circular economy, This economic theory consists of reducing both the entry of materials and the production of virgin waste, by 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 bet on the possibility of replacement of the light source (LED) and the obligatory drivers in the luminaires.
The EU puts the spotlight on the circular economy driving business models that promote ease of maintenance, increase life and design of product 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 treated by the circular economy, focusing on maintenance, a factor that will make increase the technical and economic useful life of the product. Causing a benefit for the environment and optimizing the time and resources of the end user.
“Luxes encourages this technological advancement by allowing actors to choose the technology, design and model of your products ”
Another point that has been addressed is the e gradual limitation of conventional products and technologies, the use of dangerous substances that can harm people and to the environment. Currently, conventional lamps are treated by two different processes in the EU.
There are two other possible regulatory challenges underway in Europe: the development of a system of markers to assess the ability to repair and, where appropriate, product improvement. At the moment, this initiative excludes luminaires, but there is the possibility that the reparability marker system becomes mandatory and can be extended to cover lighting.
The possibility to use the bonuses of green public procurement and the extended responsibility of the producer to boost the purchase of circular products and incentivize consumers to be considered choose them.
Everything raised is planned to start up after 2020, but first they must make a forecast about the impact that these new regulations will have on businesses, both positive and negative , as for example that will happen with small businesses that offer domestic lamps type lamps and bulbs that are not reusable nor its components can be modified for recycling.