Lighting in Europe accounts for 14 per cent of total electricity consumption. Sixty nine per cent of all electricity used by lighting is in the professional market, for outdoor, industrial and commercial premises, the later, which includes offices and public buildings, accounting for over 40 per cent. Some 60 per cent of lighting in Europe today is energy in-efficient.

Furthermore, lighting designers have the power to hold down CO2 emissions and reduce the carbon footprint of lighting installations (0.42kg of carbon dioxide is saved for every 1kWh reduction in electrical load).

How can lighting installations be designed and managed to conserve energy and carbon? Typically 50% savings can be made by use of currently available energy efficient lighting technologies (products, lighting controls, natural light) all without loss of lighting conditions.