TM66: A Technical Memorandum for the Lighting Industry
TM66 is a Technical Memorandum published by the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) and the Society of Light and Lighting (SLL). It provides a framework for action and assessment for all within the lighting industry to help create a circular economy in lighting.
The Circular Economy
The circular economy is an alternative to the traditional linear economy, which is based on the “take, make, and dispose” model. In a circular economy, resources are used more efficiently and products are designed to be reused, remanufactured, or recycled at the end of their useful life.
The Lighting Industry and the Circular Economy
The lighting industry is a good candidate for circular economy principles. Lighting fixtures and bulbs are often made from materials that can be reused or recycled, and there are a number of ways to extend the lifespan of lighting products.
TM66 and the Circular Economy
TM66 provides a framework for the lighting industry to adopt circular economy principles. It covers a range of topics, including:
- Design for circularity: This covers how lighting products can be designed to be reused, remanufactured, or recycled at the end of their useful life.
- Remanufacturing: This covers the process of restoring used lighting products to a high-quality, like-new condition.
- Recycling: This covers the process of converting waste lighting products into new materials and objects.
- End-of-life management: This covers how to manage lighting products at the end of their useful life.
TM66 and the Future of Lighting
TM66 is an important step towards a more sustainable lighting industry. It provides a framework for the industry to adopt circular economy principles and help to reduce the environmental impact of lighting.