LSI takes its commitment to the environment very seriously. As demand for electricity continues to increase, our customers and their communities look to us to provide product solutions
to dramatically reduce their energy consumption, light pollution and associated greenhouse gas emissions.
We manufacture products that help our customers develop green solutions for their communities – making a positive impact on the planet. As part of our approach, we commit the necessary resources to comply with environmental laws.
LSI’s lighting solutions utilize world class technology to radically reduce energy consumption. In 2023, LSI’s lighting segment committed to a goal of improving the health and welfare of our communities by reducing carbon emissions by 5 million metric tons through 2033. This is the equivalent of taking 53,860,000 gasoline powered passenger vehicles off the road. These reductions will be achieved through sales of LED luminaries, controls and building management systems; retrofitting older technologies in existing buildings; and providing new construction projects with the latest most efficient lighting and controls technology. We will improve the energy efficiency of our products by continuing our research for the most innovative technology and increasing the mix of energy efficient products we sell.
Over the past century America has used synthetic refrigerants such as CFCs, HCFCs and HFCs, all of which damage the environment, either through ozone depletion or global warming. JSI is committed to transitioning away from these materials to environmentally friendly natural refrigerants, such as R-290 propane. JSI recently established a new manufacturing site for research and development of R-290 products and will make these commercially available in 2024.
Propane has zero Ozone depletion potential and has a global warming impact (GWP) of just three (3). In contrast, one of the most popular HFC refrigerants today, R-404A, has a GWP of nearly four thousand (4,000).
Over the next six years these products will reduce Ghg emissions by 35,000 total metric tons: the equivalent of growing 3,472,000 tree seedlings for 10 years.
Our operations leave a light environmental footprint and we are not energy intensive. We use 14.58 million kWh of electricity from the grid, which consists of 86% of our energy usage.
We do not maintain a fleet of vehicles. We produce 124 lbs/year of nitrogen oxide (NOx); no Sulphur Oxide (SOx); 17,184 lbs. of volatile organic compounds (VOC); and 25 lbs. of particulate matter emissions (PM) and 4,184 lbs. of HAPS.
LSI is a very light consumer of water. Our facilities operate in areas with abundant access to water, with only 3.5% of our operations located in high water stress areas. Our operations use 19,676 ccf of water and discharge approximately the same amount. We do not recycle significant amounts of water.
Outdoor lights, such as those in parking lots and on buildings, can contribute to light pollution because they simply were not engineered to account for it because they are omni- directional, throwing light in every direction away from the luminaire. That is where LSI steps in to make those lights blend into the fabric of the neighborhood. LSI’s fixtures are specifically designed to avoid this problem. Our lights only shine where it is needed in compliance with dark sky codes that prohibit light from being thrown above 90 degrees. In addition to intelligent fixture design, we also deploy a dedicated team of engineers and planners that use advanced photometric technology to design lighting plans specific for the community where are lights displayed. We develop ultra-realistic models that show customers exactly how light from their fixtures will meet their needs, as well as those of their neighbors.
Of particular note, our high-performance Mirada area lights use our advanced silicone optical system to cast light in precise directions. These products include multiple shield options that eliminate unwanted backlight.
At LSI, we consider recyclability and end-of- life disposal when sourcing materials – without compromising product quality
When we make sourcing decisions, we prioritize partners that use recycled or reclaimed materials, as well as materials that can be recycled when our products reach the end of their life-cycles.
We also work with our suppliers to identify innovative ways to use and procure our raw materials. For example at least 95% of all our lighting packaging material is manufactured with 100% recycled material. Also, steel is our single largest material purchase. When we speak with our steel suppliers, we not only ensure that our orders meet our standards, we also look for ways to reduce the environmental impacts associated with transporting the material. It is important to note that the steel we procure is comprised of 55 percent recycled metal, and at the end of the fixture’s life, its steel housing is 100 percent recyclable.
In addition to recycling steel scrap, we use lean manufacturing processes to minimize the amount of waste we produce throughout our plants and office areas. We are committed to reusing and recycling materials whenever practical, including aluminum, castings, brass, copper, corrugated containers, pallets, computer equipment, paint and office paper.
We recycle 1,022 tons of materials that are a by-product of our manufacturing processes; resulting in 5,000 CO2e emissions saved.