Whitecroft Lighting has published ‘Shining a Light on Net Zero’, a guide that assists in the decarbonising of commercial lighting in the face of a rapidly evolving market.

Developed following extensive engagement with its customers, the guide seeks to move beyond luminaire, talking about efficiency by breaking down five key areas that should be considered when seeking to decarbonise commercial lighting, they are: Don’t lose sight of people; make every watt count; know your impact; go circular; and be smarter with data.

The vast majority of commercial lighting decision makers are now including, or even prioritising, net zero carbon by 2050 in their decision making, and are increasingly anxious to hit challenging carbon reduction milestones.

However, Whitecroft has identified that target driven specifying can lead to two-dimensional decision-making, which can then create other unrelated problems, or even miss opportunities to make further upfront or operational carbon and cost reductions.

Tim Bowes, Whitecroft Lighting’s head of lighting application said: “We see that in the rush to hit net zero, there are other important factors and opportunities that are getting missed.

“For example, regardless of carbon, we must create positive, life-enhancing environments for the people that use them, and lighting plays a big factor on that. The wellbeing of people can’t be side-lined.

“How we identify and measure carbon is also changing, with embodied carbon, the CO2 that is emitted during the manufacture, installation and disposal of building materials, now being recognised alongside operational carbon, generated by day-to-day building usage.”