The future is so bright: Energy, carbon, and cost savings through better lighting

June 21, 2010 | State of the Market Report

Over 20% of the energy used by buildings is dedicated to provide needed light. This value represents, 7.2% of the primary energy use within the developed world, and is the root cause for 360 million metric tons of anthopogenic carbon emissions (5% of global emissions), and $174 billion in electricity costs. However, present building lighting systems are incredibly inefficient and do not deploy light only when it’s needed. In this report we investigate the adoption of advanced lamps and lighting controls within the developed nations of North America, Europe, and Asia-Pacific through 2020 to determine associated energy, cost, and carbon savings over the next decade.

Coverage Areas

  • Digital Transformation
  • Owning the Energy Transition

Table of Contents

  • Executive Summary
  • Landscape
    Lighting is a massive energy consumer but is among the least efficient of all building systems. Fortunately, technologies exist or are on the horizon that will fix the situation.
  • Analysis
    Of all available building energy technologies, lighting is poised for the fastest adoption and largest impact to improve efficiency and cost savings while reducing energy and carbon use.
  • Outlook

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