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    Is global climate action reaching a tipping point?

     

    May 31, 2021

     

    Is connected lighting key to combatting climate change?

     

    U.S. President Joe Biden’s climate action announcements on 22 April, 2021 - Earth Day – represented the single largest commitment to emissions reductions ever. According to Niklas Höhne, of NewClimate Institute, we may be reaching a global tipping point. "With other big emitters like Japan, the EU and the UK also stepping up, we are now starting to see the kind of near-term climate action the world needs to win the race to net zero by 2050, and keep warming to 1.5°C,” Höhne said. However, he warns that “the gap is still huge,” so there is still a lot of work to be done.

    We are now starting to see the kind of near-term climate action the world needs to win the race to net zero by 2050”

    Smart connected systems are uniquely positioned to help businesses and cities participate in climate action initiatives around the world. And they’re essential to achieving those goals. One simple and often overlooked way to get into the sustainability game is connected LED lighting. Are you aware, for example, that lighting consumes around half of a city’s total electricity use? By reducing the energy needed for lighting, connected LED lighting systems can save up to 80% over conventional lighting systems. In other words, energy-efficient lighting retrofits alone can reduce a city’s total energy budget by around 40%.
     

    Now that incentive funds and subsidies for green renovations are being made available in the USA, the EU, and elsewhere, the world can’t really afford not to retrofit lighting in the built environment wherever possible. We have the technology. The only question is whether or not we have the will.

    Energy efficient technology that boosts a digital era

     

    But let’s look beyond lighting for a moment—or to be more precise, let’s look at how connected lighting contributes to climate action beyond illumination. Because lighting is already everywhere that people are, connected lighting systems can serve as the perfect platform for distributing Internet of Things (IoT) capabilities that promise to make businesses and cities smarter and more sustainable.

    Renovated buildings

    Such IoT capabilities include smart solutions that can make renovated buildings not only greener but also healthier and more user-friendly. They could also include smart city technologies – such as built-in charging points - to support the widespread use of electric vehicles (EVs) alongside the next generation of carbon-zero public transport.
     

    The global response to climate change will undoubtedly unfold in increments, and there will almost certainly be setbacks and unforeseeable challenges, as there are with any major push for innovation. But the global indications are that things are about to change.
     

    For more details, read this article on green deals around the world, about Interact, Signify’s connected lighting software and systems for the IoT. 

    About the author:

    Jonathan Weinert

    Jonathan Weinert


    IoT thought leadership, Signify

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    Flipping the Green Switch on the European Green Deal

     

    The European Green Deal is the world’s most comprehensive climate action initiative, with ambitious goals to achieve a carbon-neutral continent by 2050 and to reconcile the way we consume resources. Our Green Switch program allows you to take action without delay. LED and connected lighting offer a simple way for you to contribute towards the Green Deal’s goals to cut emissions, create jobs, and boost innovation.

     

    Learn more about Green Switch

    At Signify, we are taking a leading role to bring better light to the world and to help provide a more sustainable future. We do this by delivering light which is energy efficient, saves resources, and improves lives. At Signify, we also ‘walk the talk’ and commit to becoming carbon neutral by 2020. We are driving our zero waste to landfill program, striving for a zero injury workplace, and are engaging suppliers for a sustainable supply chain.
    At Signify, we are taking a leading role to bring better light to the world and to help provide a more sustainable future. We do this by delivering light which is energy efficient, saves resources, and improves lives. At Signify, we also ‘walk the talk’ and commit to becoming carbon neutral by 2020. We are driving our zero waste to landfill program, striving for a zero injury workplace, and are engaging suppliers for a sustainable supply chain.

    About Signify

     

    Signify (Euronext: LIGHT) is the world leader in lighting for professionals and consumers and lighting for the Internet of Things. Our Philips products, Interact connected lighting systems and data-enabled services, deliver business value and transform life in homes, buildings and public spaces. With 2020 sales of EUR 6.5 billion, we have approximately 37,000 employees and are present in over 70 countries. We unlock the extraordinary potential of light for brighter lives and a better world. We achieved carbon neutrality in 2020, have been in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index since our IPO for four consecutive years and were named Industry Leader in 2017, 2018 and 2019. News from Signify is located at the Newsroom, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram. Information for investors can be found on the Investor Relations page.

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