The Institution of Lighting Professionals had their first major blended event on 11 November, in the heart of London and online.

The ILP’s ‘Light Back Better’ mantra encourages innovation in the pursuit and support of sustainable lighting.

On the same day COP26 looks at Cities, Regions and The Built Environment, we will discuss the role of lighting.

Expert speakers covered:

  • Circular economy
  • Carbon literacy
  • Reuse and recycling
  • What will it take to align the lighting and infrastructure industry on achieving net zero?

Our Vision for the built environmentMelissa Zanocco, Head of Programmes, Infrastructure Client Group ICG.

With contributions from over 75 industry leaders and endorsed by more than 35 cross industry bodies spanning the UK built environment sector, ‘Our Vision for the Built Environment’ describes the future we want: a built environment whose explicit purpose is to enable people and nature to flourish together for generations. Melissa Zanocco will invite the lighting sector to explore what the Vision means for it and how we can work together to make it a reality.

Local Council Roads Innovation Group: en route to Net Zero?Alec Peachey, Content Director, Local Council Roads Innovation Group.

Alec will introduce an overview of LCRIG and its aim to deliver practical solutions to help councils achieve net zero. Stressing the importance of removing silos both in the public and private sector, Alec will show how the lighting sector can team up with others. He will reveal the creation of a net zero working group which ILP members can get involved with.

Creating a Circular Economy in the Lighting Industry – A PrologueKristina Allison, SLL and Lighting Designer, Atkins Global.

The drive towards delivering a Net Zero economy is ramping up and now more than ever we need to take action in all aspects of our daily lives to reach this goal. But as lighting designers, how can we make this change when essentially specifying energy using products is what we do. So where do we start when embarking on this journey and importantly how can we limit our impact on the environment when delivering lighting projects?

Kristina will present the Society of Light and Lighting’s (SLL) TM66 – ‘Creating a Circular Economy in the Lighting Industry’ with an accompanying metric – Circular Economy Assessment Method (CEAM). This will help everyone on their journey in creating a circular economy in the lighting industry.

Reuse of lighting equipment: a necessary response to the climate emergencyNigel Harvey, Chief Executive, Recolight.

The scale of the challenge of the climate crisis facing us can be overwhelming. Nigel Harvey will address some of the practical, bite-size actions that designers, manufacturers, contractors, and users in the lighting sector can all make to respond to the crisis. He will focus on how we can all in lighting can help to drive the circular economy strategies that are so essential to reducing our collective carbon footprint. He will also give some insights on why he has been willing to be arrested during Extinction Rebellion protests.