ENVIRONMENTAL STATEMENT

In pursuit of our mission to be the leading lighting supplier in our industry, we recognise that certain areas of our operation have an effect on the local, regional and global environment. The management is committed to continuous improvements in environmental performance and to increase the development and sales of energy efficient control systems. Our aim as a company is to be carbon neutral.

We shall set as our minimum bench mark the prevention of pollution and full compliance with all environmental regulations, laws and codes of practise that are applicable to our environmental aspects.

To achieve our aims we will:

  • Continually assess the environmental aspects and impact of our operations and, through minimising the use of materials and resources, we will reduce our wastage to the lowest practical level.
  • Design products in such a way as to minimise their environmental impact in production, usage and disposal.
  • Seek to continually improve our environmental performance, by setting and reviewing environmental objectives and targets within the company and with our customers and suppliers.
  • Involve our employees in the development and operation of our environmental system, and objectives.
  • Review this Environmental Policy at least annually, or when there are any significant changes either to our operations or to environmental legislation.


All of the company is committed to the implementation of this policy and will give full backing to all those authorised to carry it out.

This policy will be made available to all interested parties using the company website or on demand.

Alasdair McRury
Managing Director

 

ISO 14001 Environmental Policy

Holophane has received accreditation to the ISO 14001 Environmental Management Standard. This follows the implementation of a rigorous programme to improve current environmental performance and put in place a strategy that will deliver continuous improvement through an Environmental Management System. In pursuit of our mission to be the leading lighting supplier in our industry, we recognise that certain areas of our operation have an effect on the local, regional and global environment. The management is committed to continuous improvements in environmental performance and to increase the development and sales of energy efficient control systems. Our aim as a company is to be carbon neutral. We shall set as our minimum bench mark the prevention of pollution and full compliance with all environmental regulations, laws and codes of practise that are applicable to our environmental aspects.

To achieve our aims we will:  

  • Continually assess the environmental aspects and impact of our operations and, through minimising the use of materials and resources, we will reduce our wastage to the lowest practical level.
  • Design products in such a way as to minimise their environmental impact in production, usage and disposal.
  • Seek to continually improve our environmental performance, by setting and reviewing environmental objectives and targets within the company and with our customers and suppliers.
  • Involve our employees in the development and operation of our environmental system, and objectives 
  • Review this Environmental Policy at least annually, or when there are any significant changes either to our operations or to environmental legislation.

All of the company is committed to the implementation of this policy and will give full backing to all those authorised to carry it out.

WEEE Compliance

All Holophane products are fully compliant with current European legislation, standards and industry codes of practice. Holophane is a WEEE compliant manufacturer, which requires that the company having placed a product on the market fulfil its responsibility for the re-cycling of that product at its end of its life. To discharge this responsibility, Holophane has joined Lumicom the LIF WEEE Compliance Scheme who will, on our behalf, deal with the disposal and recycling of the waste in an efficient and environmentally responsible way. All Holophane products are also RoHS compliant which significantly limits the amount of such "hazardous" waste entering the environment.

 

WEEE Directive 2002/96/EC on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment

Under the Waste Electrical and Electronic (Producer Responsibility) Regulations 2006 Holophane Europe Ltd's responsibilities, will be discharged solely on it's behalf by Lumicom. Via this scheme, Holophane is doing its utmost to reduce the costs of recycling to a minimum so that Holophane can pass the benefits on to you and society as a whole. The suppliers of the lamps that have been embodied in our luminaires have confirmed to us that they too have joined a compliance scheme for lamps and are similarly WEEE compliant.

This means that as from 1 July 2007, we will be including a recycling cost in our invoices respect of all non-household luminaires supplied. Lumicom is an open, approved compliance scheme that will charge Holophane a fixed amount on sales of all our luminaires and lamps at a "£0.20 per luminaire and £0.15 per lamp" rate to cover recycling costs. 

Consequently, with effect from 1st July 2007, all Holophane quotes and invoices on or after that date will include the collection and recycling cost as a visible fee, which will be shown as an additional, separate line item on the quote and on the invoice.The WEEE visible fee will not attract any rebate or discount by credit note arrangements, although it is subject to the ruling rate of VAT. 

From the 1st January 2016 Holophane's quotes and invoices will also detail our Lumicom producer registration number as WEE/BA0073UQ

For further information on WEEE please contact Lumicom directly on 
Web: www.lumicom.co.uk
Phone: 02075 871542   Fax: 01634 296388

Understanding the night time friendly classification

With all the different terms for light going up in the air from light fittings, as well all the different documents that talk about it, as a customer it is difficult to know what is going on. At some point in the near future there will be a definitive standard that will let us know once and for all what is acceptable, and what is not, but until that time this section of our website will attempt to clear some of the mists, and at least give you some guidance on some sort of best practice for up light control limits.

 

Holophane and Dark Sky compliance

Dark Sky compliance is not a term we use at Holophane, we defer from using this term, as there is no defined measure of what does or does not comply. We prefer to use the term 'Nighttime friendly', and then make a best practice attempt at giving a definition based around existing standards and measures.

 

Below are links to documents which we have used to guide us

> A general ILP definition and the ILP Guidance notes for the reduction of obtrusive light
> Understanding Skyglow

 

Links to ILE (Institution of Lighting Engineers)

> ILP website 
> ILP’s guidance notes on ‘Dark Sky Compliance’

 

Who is the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA)?

The International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) is a US-based non-profit organization incorporated in 1988 by founding members including an astronomer, a medical doctor/amateur astronomer, and an engineer. The mission of IDA is ‘To preserve and protect the nighttime environment and our heritage of dark skies through quality outdoor lighting’. Their principal approach is to raise awareness about the value of dark, star-filled skies and encourage their protection and restoration through education about the problems and solutions, including lighting practices that create less light pollution. In 2008 the organization had about 5000 members in 70 countries.

> IDA website

*Holophane Europe is not a member of the IDA, and none of its fittings have been measured by them.

 

What do the guys in America do about waste light (IESNA)?

The Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA) provides, among many other things, classifications for luminaires according to their glare control and high-angle brightness. These classifications include full cutoff, cutoff, semi-cutoff and non cutoff.

The IESNA are developing a new system to classify exterior luminaires. This system will provide more meaningful data about the optical control of luminaires. This is still under development and we will be uploaded onto the site when released.

> IESNA classification
> IESNA website

Unmetered Supply Measurement Certification Scheme (UMSUG)

Holophane has received accreditation from LIA Laboratories Ltd to their Unmetered Supply Measurement Certification Scheme. This provides an assurance of the validity of the power data measured by manufacturers when describing the performance of their lighting products for use in unmetered supply (UMS) applications. To become accepted into the LIA Laboratories certification scheme, Holophane were required to undergo a thorough inspection of their Laboratory in order to verify the adequacy of the measurement equipment, documentation and the technical competence of the staff. Holophane are now permitted to make measurements of apparent power and true power for their products at their facility and submit these measurements to the LIA Laboratories in lieu of report preparation for submission to ELEXON.

 

What is an UMSUG Charge Code?

An UMSUG charge code is a 13 digit number that is assigned to products that UMS customers want to add to their inventories. These are used within the UMSO systems to calculate the volume of electricity that is consumed by these products. All UMSUG codes are issued by ELEXON, who handle the day-day governance of the industry codes.

To access the UMSUG Code database, please visit the ELEXON website and download the ‘Unmetered Supplies Operation Charge Codes’ spreadsheet.