The Gold Initiative and the Environment

The Environment

 

environment-globeThe success of the Gold Initiative program has a consequence that brings the FES team a great deal of pride: its positive impact on the environment.

As of August 1st 2015, FES and its Gold Initiative have saved an astounding 17 million of kilowatt hours per year in the United States alone. This is the equivalent to an annual CO2 emission reduction of over 26,000,000 pounds. To add some perspective, this is the equivalent to over three thousand acres of forest added or nearly two and a half thousand cars removed from the road – each and every year after the upgrade.

As FES grows, so does its positive impact on the environment. Would you like to help the environment today?
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Energy Savings & its Impact on the Environment

In North America, average electrical power generation from fuels [coal and gas] is 71% in the USA and 26% in Canada. 20.4% of all Carbon Dioxide (CO2) emissions in Canada are from the generation of electricity. CO2 is a “greenhouse gas” which traps solar radiation (heat) in the Earth’s atmosphere increasing global warming and climate change.

Comparison of Electrical Energy Consumption, Light Output and Environment Impact

 

Fixture TypeMetal HalideInduction
Wattage250W100W
Total Wattage (driver included)285W106W
Conversion Efficiency (lumens/watt)94 l/w80 l/w
S/P Ratio1.492.22
Actual Conversion Efficiency (pupil lumens/watt)172140
Energy Savings (%)0W – 0%179W – 63%
CO2 Emissions per Year3,8451,430
SO2 Emissions per Year156
NOX Emissions per Year73
Acres of Forest Added01
Cars Removed from the Road01

This figure is for one fixture and typically there will be dozens or even hundreds of fixtures in a facility… thousands when considering a city or region. Replacing inefficient lighting technologies with energy efficient Induction lamps, can contribute to significant energy consumption savings and Co2 emissions reduction.

 

Induction Lighting and the Environment

 

Reducing our environmental impact and carbon footprint are worthy goals which can make a difference in limiting global warming and climate change. Lighting consumes a significant fraction of energy production with its attendant CO2 emissions. By installing energy efficient lighting systems, you can not only reduce energy costs and expenditures, but also reduce environmental impact through reduced CO2 emissions from generating electricity, reduced waste and improved recycling.

When comparing various lighting technologies used in industrial, manufacturing and retail applications, it becomes clear that induction lamp based lighting fixtures offer the best environmental characteristics when compared to the most commonly used lighting technologies. When compared to the two most commonly used lighting technologies in commercial and industrial applications (Metal Halide and High Pressure Sodium lamps), Induction lamps offer the following benefits:

  • Significant reduction of electrical energy consumption;
  • More light output when corrected for Visually Effective Lumens/Pupil Lumens; Significant reduction in CO2 emissions from electrical power generation due to reduced energy consumption;
  • Secondary energy consumption reduction through reduced thermal loads thereby saving HVAC costs and energy, and the ability to use on-demand technologies such as occupancy sensors due to the “instant on” feature of induction lamps;
  • Extended lifespan which reduces the materials needed for replacement lamps compared to MH, HPS and SOX lighting technology;
  • Low mercury consumption over the induction lamp lifespan compared to competing lighting technologies;
  • Induction lamps use a solid mercury amalgam which produces significantly less environmental contamination than other technologies, if accidentally broken. The solid mercury amalgam is also easy to recover and recycle at end of lamp life; and end of life de-construction for recycling and materials recovery requires less energy

Magnetic Induction Lamps represent not only a breakthrough in energy efficient lighting, but also a sound environmental choice, when all aspects of the lamp technology are considered.

August 4, 2015