20000

LED Lighting Products

comprise Orion's product portfolio and many customizable options for customers

500

Million Dollars

Orion plans to expand their revenue to $500 million by 2025, at least a 10% organic growth per year

50%

Reduction

in lighting-related electricity use and costs from Orion’s LED lighting systems

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The Path to Drawdown: LEDs

Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) were first invented in 1994 as high-brightness, high-efficiency light bulbs. LEDs function like solar panels but in reverse, converting electrons to photons rather than the other way around. For the same amount of light, LED lighting uses 90% less energy than incandescent bulbs and half as much as compact fluorescents. While other lighting technologies convert energy into heat (and wasting most of it), LEDs turn 80% of their energy use into light.

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

Project Drawdown projects that if LED lighting becomes widely adopted 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. To achieve this, the global market share of LEDs needs to scale rapidly:

  • <::marker> In 2018, LEDs accounted for 3% of the total commercial lighting market and 2% of the residential lighting market
  • <::marker> By 2050, LEDs should comprise 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 - 2050.

What We Want to See Improve

Continue Diversifying Customer Base

Orion Energy notes (p. 3) that in 2020, their largest customer represented 74% of their revenues, but as a result of their diversification effort, this customer’s share dropped to 56% in FY2021, and Orion expects this trend to continue. We agree that a high concentration of a company’s customer base should be avoided, and urge Orion to accelerate this diversification, both across end-markets and geographical areas.

Track Sustainability Metrics

We agree that Orion’s LED products help customers (p. 3) achieve energy savings with sustainable solutions. But we’re disappointed that there is no mention of sustainability on Orion’s reports, presentations, or website. We urge them to become more sustainability- and climate-minded, and start tracking key metrics like their GHG emissions and emissions avoided in an annual ESG report.

Enhance Supply Chain Transparency

Similarly, there is very little information regarding Orion Energy Systems’ suppliers or supply chain. While their report suggests that their supply chain is sufficiently diversified, we would like to know the geographic distribution of their suppliers and whether these companies are working to reduce their direct and indirect carbon footprint.

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Allocated Company Description

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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