Independently assessed as carbon neutral since 2012
What does “carbon neutral” mean?
Being carbon neutral means that Thorlux offsets the carbon dioxide emissions it generates (scopes 1 and 2 of the Greenhouse Gas Protocol) by its business activities.
All direct emissions from the activities of an organisation, including fuel combustion on site, such as in gas boilers and in its fleet of delivery and other company-owned vehicles.
Indirect emissions from electricity purchased and used by the organisation. These emissions are caused during the production of the electricity that is ultimately used by the organisation.
Lighting Management Systems and Energy Saving
From an environmental point of view, the greatest impact of a luminaire is during its operating phase and, more specifically, in the amount of energy it consumes.
Thorlux has made a huge investment in LED technology, including circuit-board design, software development, thermal modelling and optical lens design, ensuring its luminaires provide the optimum lighting performance with the best use of energy and minimal stray emissions. Utilising the most up to date and high-quality LEDs, based on criteria such as colour rendering, luminous flux and thermal stability, guarantees that Thorlux luminaires offer exceptional quality in terms of luminous efficacy and lifetime.
For over 25 years, Thorlux has been developing energy-saving lighting control systems to reduce energy consumption and prolong the lifetime of its luminaires. The award-winning SmartScan lighting management system combines maintained illuminance, daylight dimming and presence detection which maximises energy savings, in some instances in excess of 70%. Even during the short winter days there can be sufficient daylight for the luminaires to dim, providing energy savings throughout the year.
To learn more about energy saving visit Thorlux SmartScan.
- Thorlux is proud that 97% of its luminaires are manufactured in the UK at its facility in Redditch, Worcestershire. This allows complete control over the manufacturing process ensuring that negative environmental impacts are minimised while conserving energy and natural resources.
- A multi-million pound investment has allowed the business to modernise its manufacturing capability whilst increasing efficiency.
- A number of Thorlux employees have passed the green belt Lean Six Sigma training course. Lean Six Sigma is a method that relies on a collaborative team effort to improve performance by systematically removing waste and reducing defects or mistakes.
- Thorlux is working with WMG Business, through a Knowledge Transfer Partnership, on a transformational project that will provide valuable insight into the latest academic thinking around sustainability and climate change, with the strategic aim of embedding the principles of the circular economy in all of its operations.
The manufacturing process is constantly monitored to improve resource efficiency and reduce waste.
Any waste generated, including end-of-life components, is subject to ethical disposal or recycling.
- All scrap metal (stainless steel, aluminium, mild steel and copper) is collected and recycled.
- Batteries are taken away and recycled. We work with ECOBAT a leading company in the closed recycling loop for batteries.
80% of the company's waste is recycled with targets to increase this to over 90% by the summer of 2022.
As a part of its carbon reduction initiatives, Thorlux has installed solar photovoltaic (PV) units on the roof of our manufacturing facility.
The solar PV system is estimated to produce 224,470 kWh of electricity per annum, helping to power the plant and equipment as well as charging the company’s fleet of hybrid and electric vehicles.
Over its operational lifetime, through reduced consumption from the National Grid, the solar PV system will deliver a total CO₂ reduction of approx. 1580 tonnes.
In addition to the power generated, all purchased electricity now comes from renewable sources, making 100% of electricity usage from renewable energy.
Thorlux is working to eliminate plastics, increase recycled content and reduce our overall packaging.
All cardboard packaging is made from recycled sources and recycled on site. Vinyl-based packaging has also been replaced with paper-based tape.
Thorlux has moved from paper to digital installation guides, saving over 1.3 million sheets of paper per year, which is equivalent to 131 trees. By scanning a QR code on either the packaging or the product users have access to installation information for both the luminaire and the lighting control system.
All printed product literature is made of material from well-managed, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified forests and other controlled sources.
Thorlux uses its own fleet of lorries and vans ensuring its deliveries are energy-efficient and low emission. The fleet all use the latest engine technology and are Euro 6 as well as ultra low emission zone (ULEZ) compliant.
In all, 40% of company cars are either hybrid or full electric vehicles (EVs). Thorlux has a proactive policy in place to increase their use.
In 2009, Thorlux designed an ambitious carbon-offsetting scheme to help compensate for the carbon dioxide (CO₂) released as a results of our manufacturing and selling activities.
We chose to plant trees, because trees and other plants absorb CO₂ during photosynthesis. One tree grown to maturity in open space can absorb approximately 1 tonne of CO₂ over its lifetime. A forest covering many acres can effectively lock up CO₂, creating a ‘carbon sink’.
The Thorlux Woodland project is the first site in Wales to gain approval from the Woodland Carbon Code (WCC). WCC is an independent standard devised by a group led by the Forestry Commission to certify woodland creation projects that can measure how much carbon is captured and stored.
Thorlux has, to date, planted an incredible 165,687 trees sequestering over 41,000 tonnes of CO₂e. A further 13,725 trees will be planted by the end of 2023.
Please see the carbon offsetting page project for further information.
The site has a net capacity of 36,413 tonnes of CO₂e for offsetting of Thorlux (and FW Thorpe Plc) emissions.
OUR FUTURE PLANS
Our plans for the future
Thorlux Lighting is committed to addressing the sustainability challenges of not only today, but also tomorrow. Understanding the needs of our customers and stakeholders and the expectations they have is central to ensuring that Thorlux prioritises the most critical issues and operates a responsible and sustainable business.