LightingEurope is supporting the call to scale up renovation across Europe and is working hard to make sure it includes lighting. Renovation is at the heart of the European Green Deal and has been identified as a key driver for social and economic recovery post COVID-19. However, there cannot — and should not — be any renovation of buildings in Europe without upgrading the lighting installations, says Paul O‘Connor, Chairman, Lighting Association Ireland (LAI), which is the Irish member representative body of LightingEurope.
Lighting Key to Green Deal Success
Many perceive lighting mainly as a driver for energy efficiency and this indeed remains one of the core values for the lighting industry. The now mostly-accomplished transition to LED technology has led to up to 90% savings for European a comprehensive light management year as of 2030 (Lot 37 Ecodesign Lighting Systems <http://ecodesignlightingsystems.
However, the benefits from lighting for the health, well-being, productivity and safety of people are rarely seen as added value. At best, they come for free as part of the energy savings. These benefits received more attention in 2017, when three biologists were awarded the Nobel Prize for helping to explain how the human circadian rhythm works, including how light affects our daily biological cycle.
With the EU Renovation Wave initiative, the discussion must move beyond energy savings to also address healthier buildings, peoples’ quality of life and a lower level of inconvenience. We spend 90% of our time indoors and the quality of our indoor environment has a direct and indirect impact on our health, well-being, and productivity.
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