Demo on industrial and domestic lamps to be launched shortly

9 October 2020

In the next weeks and lasting until July 2021, our partner Kosnic, an industrial luminaire producer, will be launching a demonstration in the county of Berkshire (UK).  Our partner ONA will also be launching a domestic lighting demo during the same period in Valencia (Spain). Due to COVID19, some demo activities have been postponed or cancelled.  

Industrial lightning demo

 

Kosnic has co-created a new modular industrial luminaire with input from their clients. At this stage, products are being manufactured and will land early October. ​ Kosnic will set up an installation at their warehouse as a trial for demonstration in order to collect feedback from the installer and users for further product improvement. This will be part of the product co-creation.

A Life-cycle-assessment (LCA) to understand the environmental impact of the new product was also conducted on this lamp by Nottingham Trent University. Based on the results, the modular luminaire has been designed with a substantially better environmental impact: the new product is 46% better compared to the previous version.

 

A Social LCA of the Kosnic company was also conducted, in order to measure the impact of their products on the health, safety and well-being of their workers and the wider impact on the community in which they operate. Kosnic’s social performance compared with other lighting manufacturers is listed below:

  • Environmental impact on the local community, 28.88% better

  • Contribution to local economic development, 22.24% better

  • Health expenditure, 10.93% better

  • Fatal accidents at the workplace 25.26% better

  • Weekly hours of work per employee 27.14% better

Regarding the sustainable consumption model, Eco-costs (product environmental impact) will be included on product packaging and product documentation. They will also feature in their product catalogue and on their website.

 

The demo will test the luminaire using a leasing service model. The client will actually no longer buy the luminaire, but will sign a service contract with Kosnic and pay a monthly fee. Kosnic, and their business partners, will be responsible for maintenance and repair of the product for the duration of the service contract.

 

Moreover, this leasing service model was co-created following a survey and 2 workshops, involving several companies.  The new modular lamp is now available for leasing. 

 

The leasing service aims at encouraging collaborative reuse and recycling as part of the CIRC4Life project which is testing how to extend the life of industrial lighting products and integrate circular economy in design and use phases. 

 

Showcasing of this demo will be decided once it becomes clear whether external events can be hosted in Spring 2021 in the UK, considering the COVID 19 situation.

 

Please visit the dedicated section on our website  and find out more about this demonstration! 

 

For more information about Kosnic, please visit: www.kosnic.com

Domestic lighting demo

 

With regards to domestic lighting products, the aim of the demo is to test the new sustainable lamps.

A modular lamp was made using industrial scrap materials and with limited material components, in order to facilitate the sorting for reuse and recycling when the product reaches the end of its service life. The lamp is available in wood, metal or plastic and comes in three different sizes. 

 

It has been co-created based on feedback collected via consumer reviews, consumer workshops and a survey to test interest in sustainable lighting products. The product design was adapted taking into account the received feedback:

  • A tap cover protection was added inside the lamp to covering the LED bulb so that is more secure. 

  • All the pieces from the lamp have the same size

  • The lamp will be shipped assembled

  • The option for the consumer to repair the lamp? of repairing the lamp by the consumer (with glue) was discarded 

  •  Availability of the lamp in different sizes and materials based on the results obtained in the workshops

  • Use of a Standardized light bulb, because the user can purchase this type of light bulb anywhere and it is the most optimal recycling option

 

Information will be provided to consumers on the environmental impact of each lamp available in the online shop, by showing the eco-costs. The Eco-costs represent the results of the life cycle assessment performed by Nottingham Trent University: the higher the number, the higher the environmental impact of the product.

 

A Social LCA was also conducted on ONA’s products. With regards to the gender pay gap, ONA has a 35% better performance compared to other Spanish companies in the manufacture of domestic appliances sector. In addition, ONA’s staff has flexible working conditions including telework which has an impact in supporting the advancement of the career of the female workforce.

In relation to the use of industrial water, it is very low and has a 50% better result compared to other companies in that sector. Innovations carried out by ONA do not entail the use of industrial water. When producing new lamps, material resources used do not have a negative impact on mineral consumption or fossil fuel depletion.

Finally, concerning the worker’s health and safety, ONA has a very low risk for accidents as they have a policy to maintain this level low.

 

Information on a “take back scheme” can already be found on ONA’s website in a section dedicated to recycling. Consumers will be incentivised to bring back old or unused ONA lamps. ONA will also offer discounts on new products, depending on the status of the products and its evaluation. The returned product will be sorted at Indumetal’s recycling centre, and components that are still in working condition, will be returned to ONA for future use in production of new lamps.

 

Please visit the dedicated section of our website on this demonstration to find out more! 

 

For more information about ONA, please visit: www.onaemotion.com/en/home/

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 776503. The views and opinions expressed in this website are purely those of the writers and may not in any circumstances be regarded as stating an official position of the European Commission.