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836 luminaires are reused at iconic Barcelona market

Encants market Barcelona lighting

A total of 836 luminaires were reused in a major lighting upgrade at Barcelona’s famous Encants flea market.

Local firm Lamp Lighting remanufactured the lights, which it originally supplied in 2012.

The fittings were a mixture of its Shot and Step models, which used fluorescent lamps.

The company removed the fittings to its factory in Terrasssa, about eight miles outside the city. There it cleaned the fittings, removed the fluorescent lamp, connections and ballast and replaced it with an LED module and driver.

The result is an energy savings of over 48 per cent, with total annual savings measured at 33,367 W per annum.

There’s also a saving of 22 tonnes of equivalent CO2 mitigating the effects of greenhouse gas emissions.

The market – officially known as El Mercat dels Encants – is Barcelona’s biggest and most recognised secondhand market.

This newly renovated market next to Las Glorias Square is well known for its striking architectural by Fermín Vásquez. The concept design is of a wall-less continuous space, with ramps and elevated floors”that loop around the entire structure. Notable items include furniture, clothing and books on the upper floors, and the second-hand items are primarily on the ground floor level.

Lamp has set itself the target of achieving a 100 per cent reduction in it Scope 1 and 2 emissions, a 50 per cent reduction in its Scope 3 emissions, and to achieve carbon neutrality by 2025, which includes offsetting the emissions that it is unable to eliminate by 2025.

Both Lamp’s current sustainability plan and future initiatives to reduce or offset greenhouse gas emissions will address at least seven of the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals to be achieved by 2030.

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