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27 June 2019

Lumileds issues its first sustainability report

Lumileds LLC of San Jose, CA, USA has released its 2018 Sustainability Report, which details its progress in supporting the transition to a worldwide low-carbon economy. The report highlights how Lumileds’ lighting solutions are contributing to positive changes in energy usage, safety, and health and wellness.

The firm says it follows a formalized sustainability agenda that identifies specific priorities and tracks progress. For example, in its global LED and automotive lighting operations, it recently surpassed its 2020 operational goals relative to 2015 including:

  • 41% reduction in emissions (20% goal);
  • 25% reduction in energy consumption (20% goal); and
  • 25% reduction in water usage (20% goal).

The sustainability objectives are based on creating value for customers through sustainable innovations, reducing the environmental footprint of the firm’s operations, driving improvements in the supply chain toward compliance with the Responsible Business Alliance (RBA) and preventing injuries. Lumileds has aligned its sustainability efforts with external frameworks such as the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and identified four SDGs to which it can make the most significant contribution: climate action, good health and well-being, affordable and clean energy, and responsible consumption and production.

Lumileds says that its development of energy-efficient, low-carbon LED lighting technologies supports the urgent action to combat climate change. A 2017 market analysis by IHS Markit estimated that Lumileds LEDs reduced total CO2 equivalent emissions of lighting globally by 39 million metric tons (equivalent to shutting down 11 coal fired power plants in the USA). In addition to the 41% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions, three sustainability programs at the Singapore facility reduced the impact of perfluorinated compounds on the environment by 90%.

“Lumileds’ commitment to and strong performance in occupational health and safety is demonstrated by our low injury rates, as shown in the report,” says Jan van Rompay, director of sustainability. “In the area of hazardous substances, we are on track to phase out in our consumer products the use of all polyvinylchloride (PVC) and non-regulated bromide flame retardants (BFR), substances that are implicated in detrimental effects on human health, by 2023. As of 2018, 87% of Lumileds consumer products are PVC and BFR free.”

By the end of this year, all Lumileds facilities worldwide will be ISO 14001:2015 and OHSAS 18001:2007 certified. The firm also certified against the International Automotive Quality Management Systems standards (IATF16949:2016), which outlines the requirements on designing, developing, manufacturing, installing and servicing automotive products.

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