100%

Carbon Neutral

Acuity has made their operations 100% carbon neutral

13.3

Billion Kilowatt-Hours

The amount of energy that Acuity customers can save

6535

Metric Tons

The amount of carbon emissions that Acuity reduced from inputs like steel, aluminum, cardboard, and diesel fuel since 2019

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The Path to Drawdown: LEDs

Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) were invented in 1994 as high-brightness, highly efficient light bulbs. LED works like solar panels in reverse, converting electrons to photons instead of the other way around. For the same amount of light, they use 90% less energy than incandescent bulbs, and half as much as compact fluorescents. While other lighting technologies convert energy into heat (and most of it wasted), LED turns 80% of their energy use into creating light.

There are many environmental advantages of LED. Its efficiency in converting energy into light, rather than heat, helps reduce electricity consumption and air-conditioning loads. For people without access to ample energy, LED can be powered with small solar cells and can replace expensive kerosene lamps and their noxious fumes and emissions. Where LED is used in streetlights, they can save up to 70% of energy and significantly reduce maintenance costs.

Project Drawdown projects that if LED lighting becomes ubiquitous in the residential and commercial lighting market, it can help avoid between 10.2 - 10.8 gigatons of CO2 emissions in residences, and between 5.9 - 6.7 gigatons in commercial buildings. But to achieve this, the global market share of LEDs needs to scale rapidly:

  • <::marker> In 2018, LED lights comprised 3% of the total commercial lighting market and 2% of the residential lighting market
  • <::marker> By 2050, LEDs should account for 95% and 90% of the residential and commercial markets, respectively
  • <::marker> That’s 12.82% CAGR for residential LED, and 11.21% CAGR for commercial LED lighting between 2018 and 2050.

What We Want to See Improve

Track Scope 3 Emissions

We applaud Acuity for starting to track their scope 1 and 2 emissions in 2020. We urge Acuity to go a step further and track their scope 3 emissions so that investors can evaluate the carbon footprint throughout their supply chain. This can then be the basis for pushing suppliers to reduce their own emissions within a short and concrete timeframe.

Completely Switch to LEDs

While Acuity’s lighting products are primarily based on LEDs, they also offer (p. 2) fluorescent and incandescent lighting. These latter types of lighting are far more energy-intensive and generate more heat than LEDs, ultimately leading to greater energy waste and carbon emissions. We urge Acuity to shift completely to LED products so that they can be a leader in the world’s transition to energy efficient lighting.

Bounce Back from COVID-Induced Drop in Revenues and Energy Conservation

Acuity’s total revenue dropped 9.4%, from $3,673 million in 2019 to $3,326 in 2020 (p. 25-6), and they failed to meet their energy conservation target of 15% (p. 14) for the year 2020. We are eager for Acuity’s sales and sustainability efforts to normalize and regain steam as soon as possible.

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5.00%

Applied Materials (AMAT)

Applied Materials supplies equipment, services and software for LED manufacturing. LEDs help conserve energy and cut emissions

0.56%

Universal Display (OLED)

Universal Display makes organic LEDs, replacing fluorescent and incandescent lighting and improving building energy efficiency

0.47%

Acuity Brands (AYI)

Acuity makes LEDs, smart lighting and building technology solutions that can improve energy efficiency and emissions from buildings

0.40%

Power Integrations, Inc. (POWI)

POWI makes energy-efficiency products like AC-DC power converters and LED drivers. These solutions help buildings conserve energy and cut emissions

0.28%

Diodes Incorporated (DIOD)

Diodes makes a range of semiconductor products for LCD display, LED monitors and lighting. LED lighting is a key solution for cutting building emissions

0.07%

Veeco Instruments Inc. (VECO)

Veeco makes equipment and processing systems used in making high-tech LEDs. Energy-efficient LEDs help buildings cut energy use and emissions

0.05%

Magnachip Semiconductor Corp. (MX)

Magnachip Semiconductor derives its revenue in part from the promotion of LEDs and solar PVs, through the sale of LED products and products used with solar PVs. It creates no products specifically for the fossil fuel industry.

0.02%

Agrify Corporation (AGFY)

Agrify provides LED lighting and other products for high-yield indoor agriculture. Efficient LEDs are an energy-saving alternative to conventional lights

0.02%

Amtech Systems, Inc. (ASYS)

Amtech Systems makes semiconductor equipment for LED and power device applications. LED lighting helps buildings cut emissions

0.02%

AXT, Inc. (AXTI)

AXT sells semiconductor substrates used in LEDs, thermal imaging, and autonomous vehicles. It makes no products specifically for the fossil fuel industry, thus passing our revenue filter.

0.02%

Energy Focus (EFOI)

Energy Focus makes LEDs for the Navy, federal, state and local governments, and big organizations, helping them save energy and cut building emissions

0.02%

Highway Holdings Limited (HIHO)

HIHO makes electronic components, some of which are used in making LEDs. LEDs are energy-efficient lighting that can cut emissions from buildings

0.02%

SemiLEDs Corporation (LEDS)

SemiLEDs makes LED components for lighting and other applications. LEDs are an energy-efficient lighting alternative that can cut building emissions

0.02%

LSI Industries Inc. (LYTS)

LSI Industries makes LEDs for automotive, restaurant, retail and grocery store customers. Energy-efficient LEDs help buildings cut emissions

0.02%

Orion Energy Systems, Inc (OESX)

Orion offers LED lighting and custom-made energy management systems for big organizations - a solution that cuts energy use and emissions from buildings

0.02%

O2Micro International Limited (OIIM)

O2Micro International makes LED products and lighting. LEDs are an energy-efficient lighting alternative that can cut emissions

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