Lighting the Way to Greener Operations - Salmon Earthmoving

Often overlooked in industrial operations, lighting plays a crucial role in energy consumption and can amount to 5% to a staggering 40% of a site's total electricity bills. A greener solution of lighting is starting to emerge across the Sime Darby portfolio with the introduction of LED lighting.  

Upgrading to LEDs can yield substantial energy savings with studies showing energy usage can be slashed by up to 80%, while significantly increasing light output and potentially doubling lighting lifespan. This means not only reduced electricity bills but also fewer resources expended on maintenance and replacement.

Salmon Earthmoving recently upgraded its outdated mercury vapor and metal halide high bays with support from a third-party provider.  

Replacing 64 high bay lights, each consuming 400W, with high-efficiency LED counterparts consuming approximately 90W each. This simple change resulted in a remarkable 77% reduction in electricity demand from lighting with an estimated energy saving of more than 40 MWh annually (approximately AU$7,000 in savings annually).  

The upgrade to LED bulbs also reduced Salmon’s carbon emissions by an estimated 20 tonnes per year. For a site currently emitting 130 tonnes of carbon annually, this represents a substantial effort to reduce their carbon footprint and achieve Sime Darby’s target of reducing 30% of its carbon emissions by 2030 across the portfolio.

Embracing LED lighting and leveraging innovative funding mechanisms, businesses can begin to migrate away from traditional lighting sources like mercury vapor and metal halide lamps. Reducing their carbon footprint, energy bills, and the risk of toxic metals leaching into the environment.  

Salmon leveraged the Australian Government's Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF) which covered the installation through the generation and sale of Australian Carbon Credit Units (ACCUs).  

If you would like support to improve your lighting infrastructure, we encourage you to reach out to Group Safety and Sustainability to support your transition.  


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