While circular economy principles are getting started in the North American lighting industry, they are far more advanced in the European lighting industry. In England, the LIA (Lighting Industry Association) and CIBSE (Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers) have joined forces to introduce a new product verification program aimed at promoting circular economy practices within the British lighting industry. The program is known as TM66 Assured, and will provide independent verification of lighting manufacturers’ circularity claims, ensuring accuracy and credibility.
The TM66 Assured product verification program, developed by the LIA and endorsed by CIBSE, is an important component of the comprehensive TM66 toolkit to assess the circular economy credentials of lighting products throughout the supply chain. It leverages CIBSE’s TM66 Creating a Circular Economy in the Lighting Industry guidelines and the TM66 Circular Economy Assessment Methods (CEAM), developed by a cross-industry team of manufacturers, specifiers and associations.
TM66 was published in 2021, and offers practical guidance and tools to enable the lighting sector to adopt sustainable, circular practices and has already gained recognition and adoption by major specifiers and organizations within the industry. In the future, it is likely to be extended to other areas of building services engineering, beyond lighting products.
Manufacturers in the UK are already providing ratings for their luminaires, and with the TM66 Assured program, they can now seek third-party verification ensuring the credibility of these ratings. You can learn more about the LIA and this initiative, here.