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Lighting critical to Renovation Wave Success

Paul O’Connor, LAI Chairman

The EU’s Green Deal and Renovation Wave initiatives are excellent programmes and will undoubtedly inform and underpin the policies adopted by Ireland as we seek to reduce both our energy use and carbon emissions. For the most part though they focus primarily on heating, cooling and hot water generation. These are indeed major areas of concern, and ones that offer significant potential for savings.

However, lighting offers as much, if not more potential for energy saving and carbon reduction. Lighting impacts every aspect of modern-day living, be it homes, commercial, retail, hospitality, leisure and public buildings, not to mention outdoor lighting. Also, the pace of development is phenomenal with massive gains being made on a regular basis.

Lighting has a major contribution to make in realising the energy saving and carbon reduction objectives of the Climate Action Plan. It can also help Ireland meet its obligations in respect of Article 7 of the Energy Efficiency Directive.

Moreover, with wellbeing now also high on the agenda, especially in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic and changed work practices, it offers additional benefits. The non-visual effects of proper lighting levels are critical to good health, promoting sleep and even recovery from illness, in addition to increasing concentration and performance levels

We are currently faced with two crises – the decline of the environment and Covid-19. Lighting is unique in that it offers huge benefits in tackling both at the same time.

Download full document at LAI Submission Document re lighting, energy saving, carbon reduction and wellbeing

 

Gay Byrne appointed EIFI President 

Gay Byrne, EIFI President and Chairman, Fantasy Lights Group

Gay Byrne, Chairman of Fantasy Lights Group, has been appointed President of the Electrical Industries Federation of Ireland (EIFI). Gay is a long-standing member of Ireland’s electrical community with a service history stretching back to the 1970s.

Apart from spearheading the growth and success of his own company, he has always supported, and played a very active role in, the various professional and trade bodies within the industry. These include the Federation itself and the Electrical Manufacturers Distributors Association. In addition, he was a founder member and first Chairman of Lighting Association Ireland (LAI) and still serves on the LAI Executive as ex-officio.

Gay is also a keen supporter of the Electrical Industries Golfing Society, the Irish Electrical Benevolent Association, and various other social and charitable electrical industry initiatives.

In accepting the EIFI chain of office recently following the virtual AGM, Gay vowed to build on the tremendous work of his predecessor Mark Keogh, while harnessing the collective strengths of the member associations to help meet the challenge of these extraordinary times.

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