The specifier’s role in the circular economy - Recolight Webinar 16 Sept 2021

The specifier’s role in the circular economy

The specifier’s role in the circular economy _Recolight Webinar Sept 2021

Specifiers are becoming pivotal in driving the uptake of circular economy principles for new lighting projects.
In this webinar we bring together a panel lighting designers to debate how specifiers and end users can maximise the use of product circularity in new projects.

“There is definitely a shift in attitudes happening in the lighting industry, and we’re starting to look seriously at the implications of adopting circular economy principles.  Companies that ignore this shift risk looking out of touch.” Ray Molony

Our panel are:

We start with…

  • Introduction from Ray Molony, Head of Content at Build Back Better Awards.
  • TM66: The CIBSE and SLL Technical Memorandum: Creating a Circular Economy in the Lighting Industry. Presented by the creators, Bob Bohannon and Kristina Allison.
    TM66 shows the industry how to create and adopt circular economy principles. It was recently awarded Green and Platinum in the Build Back Better Awards for Lighting.
  • Mark Ridler –  “A luminaire isn’t circular unless the project is too”.
  • Sophie O’Rourke – overview to The Green Light Alliance; an alliance of suppliers, specifiers, and educators with an objective to help everyone in the lighting sector understand their role in adopting and promoting the circular economy.
  • Bruce Weil – Working on the front line of the Circular Economy

Ray chairs the panel discussion, and is joined by  Nigel Harvey, CEO of Recolight


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16 Sep 2021


  • Ray Molony
    Ray Molony
    Head of content for Build Back Better Award

    An award-winning technical journalist and a highly experienced event organiser, chairperson, webinar host and public speaker.

    Ray Molony is the editor of the Circular Lighting Report, a Recolight initiative to inform the market of developments in sustainability in the industry. He’s also head of content at the Build Back Better Awards, an initiative to celebrate and reward environmental leadership, innovation, creativity and social purpose in the built environment, and the editor of Designing Lighting Global, a magazine for designers. He was co-founder of Lux magazine and the LuxLive exhibition. He’s also the award-winning author of the acclaimed book, Light: Re-Interpreting Architecture (Rotovision, 2014) which was translated into many languages. He studied engineering at Dublin City University.

  • Nigel Harvey
    Nigel Harvey
    Chief Executive at Recolight

    Nigel has worked in the Product Compliance Industry since 1990 in a variety of senior management roles covering marketing, business development, and operational management. Nigel joined Recolight as Chief Executive and Company Secretary in 2009. He is very active in both the lighting and WEEE sectors:
    • Chair of the UK’s WEEE compliance scheme trade association, the WEEE Scheme Forum (WSF) since 2011, and a director of WSF Ltd since 2013.
    • Nominated as a PCS guest to attend meetings of the Joint Trade Association (JTA) which works with producer trade associations including the LIA, to obtain a fair UK WEEE system. Has supported the JTA in the preparation of the proposals to operate the WEEE compliance fee which have been chosen by Defra in 7 of the last 8 years.
    • Elected as a Director of EucoLight, the European trade association for lighting WEEE compliance schemes in 2015. Elected Vice President of EucoLight in 2017.
    • Member of two BSI committees that include the review of WEEE treatment standards, and the development of a code of practice for the remanufacture of lighting equipment.
    Nigel has published over 40 articles on WEEE and lighting over the last four years. He was named the first ever Lux Magazine Person of the year in 2012 and has been listed as one the UK’s 100 most influential people in the waste/resources industry for several years. He is also a climate activist.

  • Bob Bohannon
    Bob Bohannon
    Head of Academy and Policy at the Lighting Industry Association

    Bob Bohannon is a Lighter, Policy leader, Sustainability Expert and an Educator.
    Bob has thirty-five years of experience designing and delivering lighting schemes ranging up to the scale of London’s Royal Albert Hall, and St Pancras Station. Bob is a leading member of the UK lighting community as Immediate Past President of the Society of Light and Lighting.
    Bob combines lighting, technical, policy and sustainability skills, his lighting design and project management skills helped deliver many major projects such as Heathrow T5, Dublin Airport T2, Portsmouth Spinnaker Mast and the new western concourse at London’s Kings Cross station. He was co-designer for the Iron Bridge at Shropshire, which recently won both a Lux Award and a [d]arc award.
    A strong believer in both Environmental and Corporate Social responsibility, he is committed to reduce the environmental impact of his activities for the sake of generations to follow and is leading the team writing the CIBSE/SLL Technical Memorandum TM66 Circular Economy & Circular Economy Assessment Method (CEAM), which recently won both Platinum and Green at the Build Back Better Awards.

  • Mark Ridler
    Mark Ridler
    Head of Lighting at BDP and Non Executive Director

    Mark is an award winning international lighting designer who leads the lighting profession across BDP.
    He has over 35 years’ experience and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA). After designing over 100 shows, he became an associate at MBLD in 1998 and joined BDP in 2003. Mark believes that collaboration is essential for great design and has recruited a vibrant team from varied backgrounds, including product designers, engineers, theatre designers and architects, effectively forging them into a winning force in international lighting design.
    Human interaction with architecture through the medium of light is central to his philosophy and practice. His projects are varied, covering commercial, public realm, leisure, retail, art and art galleries, transport and daylight design.
    Mark has won many international awards including an Award of Merit for Princesshay, Exeter, and the IALD Award of Excellence for Finsbury Avenue Square, London. Mark was named Lighting Designer of the Year at the Lighting Design Awards in 2014 and was honoured with a Special Recognition Award from the Institute of Lighting Professionals in 2016.
    Mark was Vice President, Architectural for the Institution of Lighting Professionals (ILP) and its first Chartered Lighting Designer. He has authored the PLDA ethics policy and is one of the founders of the Joined Up Lighting initiative hosting regular seminars for industry professionals. He co-authored the BCO Guide for Office Lighting and is the founder of the Green Light Alliance, a body devoted to promoting the circular economy in lighting.

  • Bruce Weil
    Bruce Weil
    Co-owner of Lighting Design Studio

    Bruce completed a Bsc in product design and has put this to good use, working within the lighting industry in various capacities including theatre and architectural lighting.

    Bruce set up the Lighting Design Studio with Luke Locke-Wheaton in 2011. He has been involved in projects as diverse as the London 2012 Olympics and Heathrow’s Terminal 5 demonstrating a wealth of technical expertise to share with our clients.

    A keen interest in science and technology has ensured he incorporates the latest energy saving technologies within all LDS designs.

  • Kristina Allison BA Hons, MA, MCIBSE, MSLL, CEng
    Kristina Allison BA Hons, MA, MCIBSE, MSLL, CEng
    Senior lighting designer and Chair of the Society of Light & Lighting (SLL) Education Committee

    Senior Lighting Designer at Atkins Global (UK) – Specialist & Architectural Lighting Team

    Kristina has worked in the lighting industry as a designer and consultant for over 16 years. She is a Chartered Engineer (CEng), Member of the Society of Light and Lighting (MSLL), Member of CIBSE (MCIBSE), and is also Vice-President of the Society of Light and Lighting (SLL).

    Kristina’s principal interest is sustainability and environmental matters associated with lighting and lighting design. In 2021 she co-authored the SLL/CIBSE publication, TM66 – ‘Creating a Circular Economy in the Lighting Industry’ and CEAM (Circular Economy Assessment Method). She is also project lead for the CIBSE publication and carbon calculator tool, TM65.X – ‘Embodied carbon in Lighting equipment’ – due for release in Spring 2023.

    Currently working as a senior lighting designer for Atkins Global (UK) within the specialist and architectural lighting team; her recent projects have included London City Airport expansion project, Southampton Cruise Terminal, London Euston Station redevelopment (Euston Enabling for Hs2) and TfL Silvertown project.

    Throughout 2007-2015 Kristina worked as an independent lighting consultant, and in 2011 set up her own design consultancy and training practice specialising in energy efficient lighting design. Clients and projects during this time included The Carbon Trust, Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI), Building Research Establishment (BRE), Lancaster House, Edinburgh Airport, British Airport Authorities (BAA), Greenwich University and lighting designer for the Dementia Services Development Centre (DSDC).

    Kristina has also worked at Zumotbel (ZG) Lighting with the End User retail team. Her projects included lighting design for Jaguar Landrover, London Olympia, Dixons, Bentley Motor and large roll out projects for LIDL retail, Sainsbury’s and ASDA.

    Kristina has delivered many lighting workshops for the Carbon Trust throughout the UK, Electrical Contractors Association (ECA), Recolight, guest presenter at SLL, ILP, IES and CIBSE events and is a guest lecturer at City University, London for the MSc Energy and Environment Technology and Economics course.

  • Sophie O'Rourke
    Sophie O'Rourke
    Lighting designer at Nulty+ and Founding Member at Green Light Alliance

    Sophie is an intermediate lighting designer from Brisbane, Australia working in London, UK. She currently works at Nulty Lighting and is a founding member of the Green Light Alliance – a collective promoting the circular economy within the lighting industry.

    Over 4 years as an architectural lighting designer Sophie has worked on a variety of projects from large scale office fitouts, to international public realm and small scale lighting installations for cultural projects. She has a keen interest in human experience/interaction with design, storytelling through design, as well as in sustainable practices and ideologies.

    In Australia, Sophie previously worked in a multi-disciplinary role inclusive of Marketing, Industrial Design and Lighting consultation, as well as tutoring first year Industrial Design at the Queensland University of Technology. Additionally, she worked on Lighting Installations for cultural events through her collective Dark Matter Studio.

    As a part of the younger generation growing up with the threat of climate change, she believes there are opportunities within the lighting industry that can be taken advantage of to aid in lessening the negative impact the industry has on the planet.

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