Often we work hard to ensure things
Without the Lighting Association’s active lobbying work the legislation which impacts everyone in the lighting industry would be a great deal more onerous and potentially damaging to business than it already is.
This work generally goes unnoticed because very often the target outcome is that certain things don’t happen.
A good example is the recent and ongoing Energy Related Products Directives for lighting. The Lighting Association were involved right at the very beginning of the development of these regulations, in most cases at least 2 years before any draft legislation is published.
The forthcoming directive on directional lighting and domestic luminaires for example has seen us attending over 60 meetings across Europe many of them directly with the individuals in Brussels responsible for developing the legislation.
This is where your association is representing your interests. The initial proposals were for full photometric measurement of all domestic luminaires which would have cost the industry an estimated £25 million a year in the UK alone.
We can confidently say that this will not now be the case thanks to the tireless work of the LA.
The LA canvasses opinion from members and develops a position which as far as possible represents the member’s interests. This position is used to inform Government departments in the UK and the EU Commission. These positions are also used to feed in to UKand EU consultations.
In the UK we have direct links and regular meetings with the following departments:
The LA also contribute to meetings of the All Party Parliamentary Lighting group. Further liaison is in the form of meetings with:
- Carbon Trust
- Health Protection Agency
- Building Research Establishment
- National Measurements Office
- Trading Standards and many more
In Europe most of our work is co-ordinated through CELMA which is the body funded by lighting trade associations across the EU. CELMA has a permanent office and staff in Brussels and your subscription to the LA contributes directly to this valuable organisation.
The LA was a founder member of the Lighting Liaison Group which is a regular meeting of other lighting related organisations such as the Society of Light and Lighting, Institute of Lighting Professionals and several others and wherever possible we aim to develop a joint industry position.
We are dedicated to the continued need to reduce energy consumption in lighting whilst striving to improve the quality of the lit environment. In this we have a common aim with almost all of the organisations mentioned above but we ensure that in pursuing this goal we do so for the benefit of our members.