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Acuity Brands commits to Net Zero

Acuity Brands

Acuity Brands has committed to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2040.

The company – one of the biggest lighting firms in the world – has signed the Climate Pledge and says its ambitious goal will benefit its employees and customers in the coming years.

Atlanta-based Acuity sells some £3 billion worth of lighting equipment annually under brands such as Holophane, EldoLED, Lithonia, Hydrel, Juno, Winona and Distech Controls.

To achieve net zero, the company plans to work with the Science-Based Targets Initiative (SBTi) to establish new interim targets to further reduce its Scope 1, 2, and 3 carbon emissions.

‘We are positioned at the intersection of sustainability and technology so that we can capitalise on two mega-trends, minimising the impacts of climate change and maximising the impacts of technology,’ said CEO Neil Ashe.

Acuity’s plans to achieve carbon neutrality by 2040 by continued innovation in its energy-efficient products and technologies, increased efficiency and use of renewable energy in its operations, and other activities.
The company has a goal of avoiding 100 million metric tons of carbon emissions, as a result of its projected 2020-2030 sales of products and services replacing older technologies.

As part of the EarthLIGHT initiative across the portfolio, UK-based Acuity Brands company Holophane Europe unveiled its ambitious sustainability initiative in recent months.
The company has taken the strategic decision to ‘on-shore’ its production and supply chain to the UK and EU supply partners. Luminaires are now completely assembled at its factory in Milton Keynes and over 95 per cent of components are sourced from the UK or EU.

In 2021, Holophane Europe moved to purchasing all its electricity from renewable sources and it has installed solar PV roof panels which are expected to provide 70 per cent of electricity requirements this year.

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Ray Molony

Recolight Report is an independent guide to the latest developments in sustainable and circular lighting. Learn about the people, products, projects and processes that are shaping our industry’s low carbon future. Plus: explainers on the latest innovations, opinion from thought leaders and video interviews with leading disruptors. Edited by lighting expert, editor and industry figure Ray Molony.