Author Archives: JL Richter

About JL Richter

I am currently researching about policy instruments for energy efficient lighting products and how questions related to design, disposal, collection, labels and procurement can be addressed in a synergistic way. https://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=104716222&trk=nav_responsive_tab_profile_pic

Concentrating on value

In an earlier post we posed the question why fluorescent powder from waste light bulbs, which could be said to contain higher concentrations of heavy rare earth elements (REE) than virgin rock ore that is being mined, is not economical for urban mining. The question is worth revisiting in light of recent developments. The first has been some new research by … Continue reading

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Good lamp, and bad data, collection

We have written before about the issues with collecting small WEEE like lamps.  So the question is, how are countries doing in the EU with collecting and recycling of lamps, particularly mercury containing gas discharge lamps?  To find the answer, we had a look in the Eurostat WEEE statistics. First we should say that nearly everyone we have spoken with … Continue reading

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Which path to (energy efficient) illumination?

When it comes to lighting, we have noted in this blog about the significant contribution energy efficient lighting can have on energy savings and reduction of greenhouse gases. To this end, minimum energy performance standards are indicated a key tool in transitioning to such lighting.  To this end, the Ecodesign Directive, and more specifically implementing regulations like 244/2009, have set minimum … Continue reading

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Meet “The Collector”

I have been checking out the new “Samlaren” or “The Collector” here now in grocery stores southern Sweden.  Samlaren was a design project by Renova and Chalmers students in response to the need for better small electronics collection. Four Samlaren were tested in Gothenburg in 2009.  The first year Samlaren collected 4.5 kg of waste (compared to just over 5kg at five recycling centers). A study … Continue reading

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Recycling rare elements in lamps

A reason for energy efficient lamps being important for resource efficiency and circular economy agendas has much to do with the rare and critical elements found in fluorescent and LED lamps. Rare earths are used on the phosphor coating of lamps to produce soft white light (a well as other colours of light). While rare earths for lighting only account for 7% of the global … Continue reading

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Where do all the lamps go?

One question I heard asked many times, and have asked myself, is where do lamps go after I have brought them for collection?  In Sweden (and currently also Norway and Denmark), the answer is Nordic Recycling in Hovmantorp. Household collection from apartments and other collection sites is aggregated in the same yellow bins found at the recycling centers and transported … Continue reading

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Beyond the bulb – servicizing lighting

Big producers like Osram and Philips have indicated a shift in the traditional lighting business towards selling services. But what does servicizing actually mean? This could range from selling services associated with lighting products, to leasing the products, or even paying for only light. Just visit any large lighting producers website and there is already a tab for “services”.  Most are … Continue reading

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The traditional business of light

With the latest developments of LED technology with increased product lifetimes and integration into smart systems, there has been increasing focus on the idea of servicizing lighting. This is a far cry from the traditional lighting industry model with its focus on the product and power consolidated in the hands  of the big three producers) was so great, that producers … Continue reading

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IKEA reversing material flows?

We’ve given attention to Samlaren being unveiled in Sweden, but we should also mention other similar initiatives aimed at increasing household collection of lamps in Europe. One such initiative is the reverse vending machines being installed in select IKEA stores in the UK and Denmark.  The idea is simple. Similar to deposit refund or pant machines, these machines give an incentive … Continue reading

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Lighting and the environment – the global perspective

I mentioned in an earlier post about the phase out of inefficient lighting in many countries around the world (shown in the map from UNEP above) and the need to ensure we are recycling and dealing with used lamps in an environmental sound manner (countries with some measures in place are shown in the map from UNEP below). It might be worth … Continue reading

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