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The built environment: Leading the way with LEDs

Lighting makes our world. Imagine the London skyline at night without the millions of lights illuminating the city, or trying to navigate your office, local shopping centre or even your home with just a candle... Like it or not, the built environment is completely dependent on lighting to provide us with the internal environments we need and expect.

A global switch to LEDs could avoid more than 400 million tonnes of CO2 emissions, while generating more than £70bn in cost savings

The Climate Group launches global initiative to fast-track corporate LED uptake

The organisation acting as a driving force in the corporate transition to renewables, electric vehicles and energy productivity has today (July 6) called on the private sector to slash energy demand from the built environment by switching to LED lighting.

The eight-page edie explains guide aims to help energy managers understand exactly what they need to do before, during and after the installation of LED lighting

LED lighting: edie launches free business guide

Organisations with an interest in using LED lighting to slash energy use now have access to an 'edie Explains' guide which breaks down all of the key information required to deploy the technology.

edie Explains: LED lighting

This brand new edie Explains guide breaks down everything there is to know about deploying LED lighting for your business.

The 12,000 LED retrofit has seen Guadalajara generate immediate electricity savings of approximately 68% compared to the previous lighting system

In practice: Guadalajara's 12,000 LED street light retrofit from Philips

Philips Lighting has this week completed a LED retrofit across the Spanish City of Guadalajara that will help the city council realise huge energy efficiency and carbon savings.

Unite Students is currently working with the Science-Based Targets Initiative to finalise its carbon reduction goals

In practice: Unite Students' 'Gateway' to an energy-efficiency retrofit

By joining the RBS Innovation Gateway, Unite Students gained access to a wider scope of innovative energy-efficiency solutions - some of which have been retrofitted at the Sidney Webb House in London.

The Problem with Solar (and other Renewables)

Night is the Achilles Heel of solar and this leads onto other interesting problems with other domestic renewable options

The 38-page sustainability report outlines Heathrow's aim to ensure the Airport's expansion is seen as

Green buildings focus helps Heathrow hit 2020 carbon reduction target

The installation of more than 100,000 LEDs and a rooftop solar system helped Heathrow Airport achieve a 14% year-on-year reduction in carbon emissions from its buildings, enabling the business to hit a target that was set for 2020.

The retailer has cut absolute carbon emissions by more than 20% since 2005 and is on track to achieve a 30% reduction target set for 2020

Sainsbury's commits to 100% LED lighting by 2020

Sainsbury's has become the first supermarket in the UK to make a commitment to switch to 100% LED lighting by 2020.

The company is also trialling onsite solar panels at its Chapelfield shopping estate

Shopping centre owners launch innovation lab after closing in on CSR targets

Shopping centre owner intu has launched a new Green Lab to identify new solutions to reduce environmental impacts, as outlined in a sustainability report that announced the firm had reached a zero-waste-to-landfill milestone.

Brummelhuis claimed that combining LED lighting with IoT characteristics could deliver energy savings between 50% to 80%

Philips: Smart lighting systems can champion the circular economy

EXCLUSIVE: Connected lighting systems can act as the "backbone" of the smart buildings transition to promote resource and energy efficiency, the senior director of sustainability at Philips has said.

Mia's Riding Adventure at Legoland Florida, US. By recycling cardboard, plastic, steel and aluminium, the Resort saved enough energy to power its Heartlake City area for two years

Sustaining the thrill: How Merlin Entertainments is conjuring up big carbon cuts

EXCLUSIVE: International theme park operator Merlin Entertainments has achieved almost half a million pounds in energy savings over the past two years following the deployment of 'sustainability champions' across the business to drive behaviour change.

The company is now exploring the potential to utilise more on-site solutions such as solar technology and battery storage

Sustainability unleashed: How Pets at Home is delivering huge energy savings

EXCLUSIVE: Retailer Pets at Home has recorded energy savings of 32% across its stores after a "game-changing" LED lighting project was embraced across the entire business, the firm's energy manager has revealed.

John Lewis's Birmingham branch is designed to be the company's most efficient full-line department store, utilising LEDs, heat pumps and combined cooling, heating and power

10 top tips to deliver a sustainable built environment

Continuing edie's 'green buildings month' of editorial content, John Lewis's sustainable development manager Phil Birch offers up 10 tips to successfully accelerate sustainable development within the built environment, despite an ongoing period of "political uncertainty".

Developed in collaboration with Dubai Municipality, the bulb will be rolled out across Dubai businesses in 2017

Philips develops 'world's most efficient' LED bulb for Dubai rollout

Philips Lighting has partnered with the Dubai Municipality to launch the "world's most sustainable LED lamp", which has been developed for residential and professional use across the city by 2017.

APS Salads with its Wight Salads site in the Arreton Valley on the Isle of Wight has moved from hybrid lighting to 100% LEDs, which has improved the consistency of its tomato crops

Tomato growers reap benefits of horticultural LEDs

Two of Britain's biggest tomato growers are now benefiting from a transition to horticultural LED lighting, which is increasing yields and significantly reducing energy usage for both businesses.

Society needs a reboot

By making kids tech-literate, we give them the tools to change the world.

Rio's 2016 Summer Games plays host to 42 Olympic sports from 5-21 August 2016

Rio 2016 Olympics: How sustainable is the greatest show on Earth?

It was dubbed a "green games for a blue planet" during the bidding process, but the event has since become shrouded in controversy, with venues contaminated with waste, waters infected with superbugs, and the host city's air quality remaining at deadly levels. So, just how 'sustainable' is the Rio 2016 Olympics?

Jude Hughes (centre) collects her E&E Award from host Andrew Ryan (far left) and the Energy Institute's Sarah Beacock

Meet the E&E Award-winner: Energy Manager of the Year - Jude Hughes, NIBSC

Over the past seven years in her role as energy manager at NIBSC, Jude Hughes has achieved the following headline figures for this large and energy-intensive government research centre: a 17% reduction in carbon footprint, a 12% reduction in electricity consumption, a 20% reduction in gas consumption, and utilities cost savings amounting to £746,000. Meet the Energy Manager of the Year...

The university plans to instigate further sustainability upgrades in 2017 when it consolidates its three campuses into one

London Metropolitan lights up carbon reduction rankings with new LED project

London Metropolitan University has been named as England's number one university for carbon reduction, after using a new LED light installation as part of a wider scheme that has seen carbon emissions slashed by 47%.

Rolls-Royce Mechanical Test Operations Centre in Dahlewitz, Germany - one of the countries being explored for potential on-site solar installations

Rolls-Royce targets LED upgrades and on-site solar systems in global emissions crackdown

EXCLUSIVE: Engineering group Rolls-Royce is planning a full-scale roll-out of energy efficiency initiatives and low-carbon technologies across its international estate, including the installation of a giant rooftop solar system at one of its largest UK factories.

The 'Panama Papers' of effective energy management

As the impact of the biggest leak in the history of data journalism continues to snowball around the world, an equally compelling document came across the edie editorial desk this week - a document that contains information that could surprise the CEOs of some of Britain's biggest organisations.

Once fitted, the LED lights are expected to produce energy savings equivalent to the total electricity consumed annually by 850 homes

Stirling turns to Green Investment Bank for 16,000 LEDs

Stirling Council looks set to reduce energy consumption in the city by 63% after securing a loan from the UK Green Investment Bank (GIB), which will see LEDs retrofitted in 12,000 lamps and 4,000 lamposts.

Every street lamp in cities using the system will be fitted with a Vodafone M2M SIM and a range of Philips Lighting CityTouch LED systems

How Vodafone and Philips are leveraging the Internet of Things to spark new era of smart cities

Mobile operator Vodafone has formed a new partnership with Philips Lighting which combines an Internet of Things (IoT) network with an integrated LED street light management system, which could see cities across the world slash energy use by 70%.

The return on investment on a complete LED retrofit is between two and three years for a typical office block

Onsite solutions: edie explains LED lighting

In the first of a brand new series investigating the costs, benefits and legislative backdrop of onsite sustainability solutions for your business, edie takes a closer look at LED lighting.

Edinburgh's Royal Mile at night. Scotland is currently lit by more than 900,000 street lights, costing local authorities £41m a year in electricity bills

Scotland spends to save with LED streets funding boost

Nearly one-third of Scotland's streets will be LED-lit by April 2017 as local councils have announced that a further £56m will be invested in a nationwide lighting replacement programme over the next 12 months.

A rendering of the upgraded Sun Life Stadium featuring LED lights. Photo: Miami Dolphins

NFL stadium to cut energy use by three quarters

Sun Life Stadium, the home of the Miami Dolphins American football team, has announced that its stadium floodlights will be converted to an 'advanced LED system' that will cut energy use by approximately 75%.

Since the launch last summer India has installed 45 million LED bulbs across the country

India's LED roll-out set to net $6bn annual savings

India can expect to save around $6bn a year once it has completed its 710 million LED bulb retrofit by 2018, the country's Union Minister has announced.

The retrofit will generate energy savings of more than 50% across the entire estate

Santander rolls out 90,000 LED bulb retrofit

The UK's fifth-biggest bank has today (8 December) announced a new project that will see 800 of its UK branches fitted with more than 90,000 LED lights in a £17.5m retrofit lighting investment.


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