Investing In LED Lighting Can Improve Your Corporate Social Responsibility
LED lighting majorly reduces your carbon footprint
Corporations are often painted as the bad guys, and perhaps it’s rightly so when you look at their contribution to global warming.
In 2019, researchers found that 100 energy companies were responsible for 71% of all industrial emissions since human-driven climate change was officially recognized.
As the impacts of climate change become increasingly apparent, there’s much talk surrounding what we can do – individually and collectively – to fight it. In this article, we’re going to be looking at LED lighting and how installing LED lighting in your business can help you improve your corporate social responsibility.
What is CSR?
Corporate social responsibility (CSR), sometimes called corporate citizenship, is a self-regulating business model whereby a company takes responsibility for the impacts they have on the economic, social, and environmental aspects of society.
Through CSR a company becomes more socially accountable towards itself, its stakeholders, and in particular, towards the public.
Ultimately, in order to effectively engage in CSR, a company should be contributing positively to society and the environment, rather than having a damaging effect.
Reducing your carbon footprint and energy output
Lighting is an essential element of any workplace. In the U.K lighting accounts for roughly 18% of the total electricity used – one of the largest uses of electricity besides the Other category. In our homes, it’s pretty easy to use energy-saving bulbs or turn off lights when we’re not using them, but in a huge corporation with multiple stores or offices, this isn’t so simple.
One way to reduce your corporation’s carbon footprint and energy output is by switching to LED lighting. LED stands for light-emitting diode, and this type of lighting is one of the most energy-efficient and rapidly-developing in the industry.
Switching to LED lighting has many benefits. This source of lighting is highly efficient, as it emits light in a specific direction, reducing the need for reflectors and diffusers that can trap light. They also emit very little heat. In comparison, incandescent bulbs release 90% of their energy as heat, and CFLs release about 80% of their energy as heat.
LED lighting is also generally more durable – they can last 25 times longer than incandescent lighting – and they also offer a better quality of light than other types of lighting, which can provide a better working environment for staff.
According to The Climate Group, lighting accounts for nearly 5% of global CO2 emissions. Businesses can reduce their energy output by installing LED lighting, which could see energy savings of 50-70%+ compared to older technologies. Furthermore, a global switch to energy-efficient LED technology could save over 1,400 million tons of CO2 and would avoid the construction of 1250 power stations.
There are also many economic advantages to making the switch: Los Angeles is a prime example of this, as the city has saved around $10m per year in electricity costs after switching to LEDs in public spaces, and a further $3m in maintenance savings.
How businesses can use this to show they care about the environment
It is now common knowledge that human influence has been the predominant and most devastating influence on the environment.
Assessments by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) found the earth’s climate to have warmed by 0.85 degrees Centigrade (1.53 degrees Fahrenheit) between 1880 and 2012. Human activity has driven changes in the global water cycle, seeing reductions in snow and ice, an increase in global mean sea level, and changes in climate extremes which has driven food scarcity, displacement, poverty, and even conflict.
Switching to LED lighting may seem like a big investment, but it shows a commitment to energy-efficient alternatives that could have a huge impact on the environment. Widespread use of LED is likely to see the greatest reduction in energy output in the US. If more corporations and public spaces make the switch, by 2027, the widespread use of LEDs could save about 348 TWh (compared to no LED use) of electricity. To put this into context, this is the equivalent annual electrical output of 44 large electric power plants (1000 megawatts each) – which would further have devastating impacts on the environment. The use of LEDs would also result in a total savings of more than $30 billion at today’s electricity prices.
Not only does this have real-world impacts which would see your corporation’s energy output and carbon footprint reduced significantly, but these actions have other benefits: they can encourage other businesses to take similar steps or can send a positive message to staff members which may influence their personal decisions on their own carbon footprint. The money you save in energy bills can also be reinvested elsewhere, either in charitable climate projects which aim to protect and conserve the environment or in other areas of your business where you can reduce your carbon footprint.
Corporate social responsibility is important because it allows us to think about how our business impacts the world: socially, economically, and environmentally. Being a successful corporation doesn’t mean caring about profit alone, and you’ll find that investing in more energy-efficient alternatives can save you money in the long run.
LED lighting is a simple change you can make that can reduce your carbon footprint and energy output. If more corporations switch to LED lighting this could have a huge impact on the environment: reducing the need for power stations and the amount of fossil fuels being pumped into the atmosphere which pollute the natural world, destroy ecosystems, and contribute to global warming.
Improving your corporate social responsibility is also an easy way to boost your general corporate image and encourage others to make more environmentally-friendly choices, which could ultimately attract people to your company.
We hope this article has helped shed some light on corporate social responsibility and how easy it can be to improve yours. CSR isn’t always about charitable work and philanthropy, sometimes it can be as simple as the lighting you use.
How To Install a LED Lighting System
LED lights can last between five and 50 times longer than conventional lighting. You could be making savings on your energy consumption of between 70% and 90%.
Eco Lighting Specialists offer a no capital outlay option whereby you will use a percentage of your savings each month to pay for the cost of installation.
LED lighting makes perfect sense in the longer term, but where you can also see rapid returns on your investment.
Make this change to your lighting and experience the financial, operational and ecological benefits.
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