Project results presentation at the cycLED conference

The 'Eco innovation along the life-cycle of LED luminaires: eco-design, closed loop management, recycling' cycLED conference is taking place in Berlin on 19 May. The most significant project results will be presented making it possible to go deeper into a number of relevant topics. Thomas Vandenhaute from Sirris will also be contributing.

The cycLED conference is taking place in the run-up to the Smart Lighting Platform Event. The following topics are included: 

  • Eco-innovative LED light fittings and business models (case studies)
  • Critical material flows and recycling LED products
  • Impediments and solutions with eco-innovation in the LED sector
  • Assessment of the eco-innovation opportunities for products and companies in the EU 

Canvas cycLED business model 

Thomas Vandenhaute will make a contribution concerning business models for LED lighting. The Canvas business model (Osterwalder and Pigneur) is incorporated extensively in a greater part of the cycLED project. The key question here is 'how do we embrace the circular economy?' Energy saving LED lighting products with an especially long lifespan is the starting point. How do we make those products profitable, even over the long-term, without increasing the environmental impact?  A strategy that simply focuses on technology will not be sufficient to hold down the environmental impact.

Nonetheless LED lighting can be profitable without increasing the environmental impact. This will be demonstrated with an outline and a Canvas template using a number of case studies and demonstrations that help to realize this. Finally a number of practical tools and design guidelines will be proposed to help manufacturers determine the value drivers and strategies for eco-innovation, product and service design, as well as the evaluation and validation of the environmental impact. 

The cycLED BM canvas is a tool that allows users to describe business models within the scope of the company's ambitions, as well as for the stakeholders, the environmental impact and performance management. The Canvas template can be used as an iterative approach for exploring and experimenting with new business models. It can also be used as a way of communicating the business model graphically. 

The conference is aimed at companies, researchers and policy makers and is free of charge, although registration is required. Further information is available here.

(Picture: Etap Lighting)