Energy and Sustainability
Save energy. Save the planet.
The industrial market segment is large and diverse, and includes a wide range of activities from extracting natural resources and converting them into raw materials, to manufacturing finished products. The industrial sector can be broadly defined as consisting of energy-intensive industries (e.g., iron and steel, chemicals, petroleum refining, cement, aluminum, pulp and paper) and light industries (e.g., food processing, textiles, wood products, printing and publishing, metal processing). Nearly a third of the world’s energy consumption and 36% of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions are attributable to manufacturing industries. The large primary materials industries – chemical, petrochemicals, iron and steel, cement, paper and pulp, and other minerals and metals – account for more than two-thirds of this amount.
According to the EIA, the U.S industrial sector consumes approximately one-third of all U.S. delivered energy as a whole. Given the ever present reality of rising energy prices and Federal legislation and regulation, it’s no surprise that the industrial sector has taken the lead in adopting advanced technologies to reduce energy consumption and lessen its impact on the planet.
The continued growth in U.S. industrial energy use will be moderated by legislation aimed at reducing the energy intensity of industrial processes. For example, the U.S. Department of Energy supports reductions in energy use through its Industrial Technologies Program, guided by the Energy Policy Act of 2005, which is working toward a 25 percent reduction in the energy intensity of U.S. industrial production by 2017. The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA2007) also addresses energy-intensive industries, providing incentive programs for industries to recover additional waste heat and supporting research, development, and demonstration for efficiency-increasing technologies.
Energy is consumed in the industrial sector for a wide range of activities; the primary ones are processing and assembly, HVAC, and lighting. Lighting can play a key role in enhancing employee performance at every step in the production process. Better work environments can elevate worker satisfaction and motivate them to perform better. By reducing energy loads and waste, new energy efficient lamps and luminaires can help companies save money on energy and maintenance. Working with fewer lamp and ballast types and standardizing wattages can also make maintenance less costly.

Lighting for the Sustainable Building

Green facilities aren’t just healthier for people and the planet. With energy savings of up to 70%, today’s advanced lighting systems are healthy for the bottom line as well. Employing systems that reduce a facility’s environmental impact builds a positive image and saves dollars on energy use and maintenance.
To be considered sustainable, a building’s lighting systems should:
       Provide the highest quality of light possible
       Contain products with reduced levels of mercury
       Save energy
       Incorporate long life or extended life products
Give yourself credit for going green.
Incentives may be available to building owners to help offset the financial investment in new energy efficient systems. These include:
§  Allowing owners to use the money saved on energy bills to pay for the new system,
§  Utility incentive programs and state and federal tax incentive/rebate programs.
Industry sustainability standards for buildings
A number of whole building rating systems have been developed to guide designers, architects and builders who incorporate green building strategies. These rating systems include ENERGY STAR® for buildings, Green Globes®, ANSI/ASHRAE/USGBC/IES Advanced Energy Design Guidelines and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®). SYLVANIA lighting system solutions can help you achieve and exceed many of the criteria for each of these rating systems, including energy efficiency, controllability of systems and low mercury content.
Shed some light on your energy usage and save valuable time with our lighting assessment.
Contact your SYLVANIA sales representative for a comprehensive analysis of your facility’s lighting usage, including recommendations for every lamp, ballast and fixture in the building. Our lighting experts have the knowledge and experience necessary to properly evaluate your facility and help you choose lighting products that will yield both the greatest savings and the highest levels of performance.
At LEDVANCE, environmental sustainability is a continuous initiative that is built into the way we do business.  
Meeting our needs today without compromising the resources needed by future generations, touches everything we do as a company. It’s all about reducing environmental impact, a commitment that goes beyond our products to include how those products are used, how they are manufactured and how they are packaged and distributed. Whether you’re interested in lowering your energy bills, avoiding frequent and costly maintenance, recycling programs or discovering our ECOLOGIC® products that contain little or no hazardous materials, LEDVANCE can help support your green building strategy. Reduced energy usage directly translates to your bottom line. The long term savings can quickly repay the minimal capital investment.