Georgia-Pacific saw the light, and in many cases, it wasn't very efficient.
But a company-wide energy initiative, officially begun in 2006, is turning that around.
Led by the company's procurement and energy groups, Georgia-Pacific has conducted lighting upgrades at more than 80 facilities so far, with nearly a dozen more upgrades planned in the near future.
Lighting power consumption has dropped significantly where upgrades have been made, which translates into better energy efficiency and lower energy costs.
The project began after an audit revealed many GP facilities had older, less efficient fluorescent and metal halide lighting in their manufacturing, warehouse and office spaces.
The upgrades are providing benefits beyond energy savings. The company is also using fewer maintenance resources to keep up lighting systems, so those maintenance resources can be used on more value-added tasks at GP plants and mills.
Going forward, the lighting team is developing a set of standard lighting specifications for all the company's large pulp and paper mills, which will help improve inventory costs and maintenance and ensure that less efficient lighting is no longer used.