Lighting industry to ‘cut through greenwash and make a genuine impact on sustainability issues’ at ILP event

The Institution of Lighting Professionals has announced their first major in person event in recent times. The professional membership body invites the whole industry to participate in a Sustainability CPD afternoon tying in with the ‘Light Back Better’ mantra, encouraging innovation in the pursuit and support of sustainable lighting.

On November 11, the same day COP26 looks at Cities, Regions and The Built Environment, the ILP and guests will discuss the role of lighting. The event will take place in the heart of London – and can also be attended online.

Expert speakers will cover circular economy, carbon literacy, reuse and recycling and ask, ‘What will it take to align the lighting and infrastructure industry on achieving net zero?’ Presenters include Melissa Zanocco (Infrastructure Client Group), Alec Peachey (Local Council Roads Innovation Group), Kristina Allison (SLL/Atkins Global) and Nigel Harvey (Recolight). The event will also feature a panel discussion hosted by Fiona Horgan (ILP President) and Nathan French (ILP London Chair) with Emma Cogswell (Skills Army) joining the speakers.

Full details of the content is below:

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, 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 SLL’s 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.

Fiona Horgan, ILP President, said “We agree with the well-reported phrase ‘It is irritating when they talk but don’t do’. Join us to discover how we can collaborate, cut through the greenwash, and make a genuine impact. We aim for participants at this event to take away at least four things they have learnt and four actions they are now able to take, to make a tangible, positive change.”

Nathan French, ILP London Chair, said “London may not seem the obvious destination for a COP26 related event – but with our speakers and in-person audience all being located in the area, we decided to stay local at Coin Street Neighbourhood Centre, a sustainable venue, and make the event available on online. The lighting industry has much to do when it comes to sustainability, and we think this event will be an important step forward in developing sustainable strategies. After the CPD talks, we have time for networking with food and drinks included, and the London LDC team are truly looking forward to catching up with industry friends and meeting new faces and discussing what further actions we will need to start to take.”

Everyone is welcome and places should be booked in advance: Click here to book.

Thank you to our Sponsors – ASD Lighting, DFL, DW Windsor, Hydro, Lighting Reality, Recolight and Whitecroft Lighting. Their generous support means the ILP does not charge members to attend.