“Glocal” action on Embodied Carbon and Life Cycle Assessment in Lighting

  • June 7, 2022
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Topic Brief:

Embodied Carbon and Circular Economy Design principles are of increasing focus within the lighting industry at both local and global scales. Around the world, a new generation of designers are prioritizing understanding the carbon footprint and wider environmental impact associated with their product and spatial design decisions. Initiatives at a local level, including leading precedents established in Boston, have galvanized circles of designers, manufacturers and sales representatives who recognize the significance of the issues. The launch of the Lighting Industry Life Cycle Assessment Incubator, a collaboration between the GreenLight Alliance and International Lighting Designers Association Lighting Industry Resource Council in March 2022, presents an opportunity to support global dialogue among innovators in product and design regarding standardized measurement and reporting of environmental impact of luminaires and lighting strategies. This session will share some of the latest industry developments that are rolling forward this year.



Leela Shanker is a New York-based lighting designer with Borealis Lighting Studio. Through the GreenLight Alliance (GLA) – an international network of lighting professionals progressing industry-led standards, research and advocacy for circular lighting design principles – she founded the Lighting Industry LCA Incubator. In collaboration with the IALD Lighting Industry Resource Council, North American and European manufacturers will work with designers from around the world to pursue global harmonisation of the lighting industry’s approach to Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). Her work with the AIA’s Committee on the Environment (COTE) and Carbon Leadership Forum New York chapter addresses lighting-specific issues related to Embodied Carbon and LCA.

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