Anyone who claims to offer resource-efficient and sustainable products must know the quantities and nature of materials are used in them. TRILUX therefore has the material mix of its luminaires examined by independent third parties.
Laboratory analyses of this kind are necessary, for example, for declarations of conformity, audits and certifications. They provide insight on whether all legal requirements, regulations and industry standards are met. To avoid dangers to people and the environment, all TRILUX products meet the requirements of the product safety directive and are RoHS-compliant.
However, the laboratory analyses also allow evaluations to be made regarding due diligence obligations in the raw material supply chain. Conflict raw materials such as tin, gold, tantalum and tungsten or EU-declared critical raw materials can be identified. TRILUX uses this data as a point of reference for the further optimisation of its products in terms of ecological, economic and social sustainability.
ADP elements per LED SMD Flip Chip
Main factors for sustainability
|Characterisation Factor||Unit||Environmental Relevance|
Global Warming Potential
|kg CO2 equivalent||Increased positive radiative forcing due to the increase of greenhouse gases at the atmosphere|
Primary Energy Demand
|Megajoule||Increased energy consumption from renewable and non-renewable energy sources|
Abiotic Depletion Potential, Elements
|kg Sb-equivalent||Increased extraction of resources leading to depletion of mineral reserves|
Abiotic Depletion Potential, Fossil
|Megajoule||Increased extraction of resources leading to depletion of fossil reserves|
|kg SO2-equivalent||Increased acidity of soil and water due to proton release from antropogenic emissions|
|kg PO4-equivalent||Increased biomass formation and loss of biodiversity due to release of nutrients|
Last but not least, detailed material analyses are a crucial prerequisite for assessing the impact of a product on the environment. TRILUX invests a lot of effort and know-how in these evaluations. Not only are CO2 balances created, but the ADP (abiotic depletion potential) of luminaires and components is also determined. This value stands for non-renewable material resources that the product has consumed. All types of raw materials and fossil fuels are converted into an antimony equivalent. The application of different assessment criteria (global warming potential, ADP, ozone layer depletion potential, fresh water aquatic ecotoxicity, acidification etc.) renders a much more complete picture of the environmental impact of a product. It allows for the deduction of more effective measures and makes it possible to avoid undesirable side effects when it comes to reducing the ecological footprint of a product.
Materials purchased in 2019
|* Data from: Trilux Deutschland und ZALUX|