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

    Ray is an award-winning technical journalist and a highly experienced event organiser, chairperson, webinar host and public speaker.
    He contributes regularly to websites, magazines and corporate websites.
    Ray is head of content for Build Back Better Awards; an exciting new initiative to champion and celebrate innovation in the built environment.
    Ray was one of the co-founders of Revo Media Partners back in 2010, and its managing director. Brands included the highly successful LuxLive exhibition, Lux magazine, Lux Review, the Lux Awards, Lighting magazine, the Lighting Design Awards, LuxLive Middle East and Lightspace California.

  • Nigel Harvey
    Nigel Harvey
    Chief Executive at Recolight

    Nigel Harvey joined Recolight as Chief Executive and Company Secretary in 2009. Since he took the helm, Recolight has tripled its producer membership and has now recycled over 1/3 billion waste lamps. A passionate environmentalist, Nigel is very active in both the lighting and WEEE sectors:
    • Chair of the UK’s WEEE Producer Compliance Scheme (PCS) 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.
    • Founder director of EucoLight, the European Trade Association for lighting WEEE compliance schemes, and was EucoLight Vice President 2017 – 2019.
    • Member of the BSI committee that reviews WEEE standards.
    • Instrumental in drawing attention to the scale of non-compliant product sold through online marketplaces.
    Nigel has published over 80 articles on both WEEE and lighting over the last five years. He was voted Lux Magazine’s first ever Person of the Year in 2012 and has been named as one the UK’s 100 most influential people in the waste/resources industry every year for the last six years.

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

    Senior lighting designer at Atkins UK and Chair of the Society of Light and Lighting (SLL) Education committee.

    Kristina has worked in the lighting industry as a designer and consultant for over 14 years. She is a Chartered Engineer (CEng), Member of the Society of Light and Lighting (MSLL), Member of CIBSE (MCIBSE) and Chair of the Society of Light and Lighting (SLL) Education committee.

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

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

    Throughout 2007-2015 Kristina worked as an independent lighting consultant, and in 2011 set up her own design consultancy and training practice.

    Her experience as a consultant includes advice for 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 delivered many lighting workshops for the Carbon Trust throughout the UK, Electrical Contractors Association (ECA), guest presenter at a CIBSE events and is a guest lecturer at City University in London for MSc students.

  • 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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