radius logo
blog graphic

29 Nov 2022

How LED Lighting Can Accelerate Your ESG Strategy


Norman Kirby

Director of Marketing - US LED

What is ESG?

ESG is a set of standards used to measure the sustainability of an organization regarding environmental, social, and governance initiatives.

Environmental reflects how a company’s operations affect natural resources and [climate change](https://www.radiusplus.com/keyword/climate change):

Includes use of [renewable energy](https://www.radiusplus.com/keyword/renewable energy) sources, waste management program, product packaging, raw material sourcing, biodiversity practices on company-owned land, potential operations-related air, and water pollution issues.

Social considers the effects of a company’s behavior regarding social issues:

Includes equitable employee compensation and benefits, employee-management engagement, employee turnover, workplace policies, ethical suppliers/vendors, charitable contributions.

Governance examines how a company is managed by its executives and board of directors:

Includes financial reporting transparency, executive compensation, stockholder engagement, avoidance of conflicts of interests, diversity of executives and board of directors.

Societal Shifts

A large part of the tremendous growth of awareness of ESG is due to increasingly socially conscious employees and customers demonstrating their commitment to making the world a better place and their willingness to align their use of time, money, and talents with their values. As the circle of accountability expands to include local and federal governments, corporations, employees and consumers, businesses are more consciously taking additional and more measurable steps to protect the environment, improve working conditions, and close pay disparities where they exist. ESG was initially publicly espoused by large global companies but is increasingly embraced by private and publicly traded companies of all sizes.

Integrating ESG Into Your Business

Commercial buildings consume 35 percent of all electricity in the U.S and generate 16 percent of all U.S. [carbon dioxide emissions](https://www.radiusplus.com/keyword/carbon dioxide emissions), and provide an excellent opportunity to reduce energy use in those spaces.

While comprehensive ESG strategies should be thoughtful and include initiatives across all three pillars, a few simple yet impactful measures – LED conversion programs, improvements in [indoor air quality (IAQ)](https://www.radiusplus.com/keyword/indoor air quality), and the installation of [EV charging stations](https://www.radiusplus.com/keyword/ev charging stations) - can be implemented quickly. US LED has the value-added services to support these types of [energy conservation](https://www.radiusplus.com/keyword/energy conservation) and sustainability measures allowing businesses to further meet their ESG goals and consumer expectations right away. Additionally, there is financial assistance or alternative funding for LED and EV charger projects.

A Bright Future

Business owners can lower energy and operational costs while meeting sustainability efforts by converting existing lighting systems to the most updated LED lighting technology. For example, converting from fluorescent and other inefficient incumbent lighting technologies or less efficient earlier generations of LED lighting can provide:

The energy and operational savings, reduced carbon dioxide emissions, and available alternative funding make LED retrofits a logical component of an effective ESG strategy.

Thanks to our early history in LED lighting, US LED has decades of engineering expertise to offer innovative LED luminaires and lamps for every commercial and industrial business. In addition, US LED provides value-added services that support these types of projects, including on-site lighting audits, photometric studies, turnkey installation, and rebate management. Since we control the quality process and engineer and assemble products in Houston, we can offer our industry-leading Ten-Year Warranty to give the buyer confidence that his lighting will exceed safety and energy efficiency standards decades from now.

Leading the Charge

Providing electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure on your property can play a significant role in your organization’s environmental impact. The installation of EV charging stations:

EV charging stations can build brand loyalty and demonstrate businesses' commitment to non-polluting technology alternatives. These responsible choices can also lead to healthy returns for business owners and shareholders.

The latest generation of investors and consumers are justifiably concerned about the future. They expect companies to make a meaningful impact on environmental, social, and governance issues. It makes sense that companies of all sizes throughout multiple industries have adopted new business strategies that support ESG. LED lighting, IAQ, and EV charger installations are simple and cost-effective projects that demonstrate a commitment to a triple bottom line philosophy: supporting the wellbeing of employees, promoting environmental conservation, and saving money on energy management.

Get more information at www.usled.com.

Norman Kirby is the Director of Marketing for US LED, a full-service provider of LED lighting and turnkey installation for self-storage facilities throughout the United States since 2001. Thanks to decades of engineering expertise, US LED continuously offers ultra-long-life lighting that approaches or exceeds 200,000-Hour L70 lifetimes, backed by an industry-leading Ten-Year Warranty. Additionally, much of the product portfolio is assembled in Houston, Texas. For more information, email inquiries at customerservice@usled.com or contact Norman at nkirby@usled.com.

Other Articles