Philips Lighting, a world leader in innovative lighting solutions, is the first corporate partner to join The Climate Group’s 3-year Clean Revolution campaign. The campaign’s main aim is to reach-out to the world’s decision-makers to inspire and enable them to spur low carbon economic growth.
The partnership is aimed at speeding up the global switch to LED lighting (light emitting diodes). LED lighting offer extraordinary opportunities for significant cuts in energy use and worldwide carbon dioxide emissions. At the same time, LED lighting solutions provide important social benefits, such as higher productivity at work, increased road safety, more effective school learning and an enhanced sense of well-being and comfort at home, in buildings and on streets.
Currently, lighting accounts for 19%¹ of global electricity production. A full switch to LED lighting could reduce energy consumption for lighting by 40% worldwide. This translates to approximately 130 billion Euros in running costs and 670 million tons of avoided carbon dioxide emissions per year. Furthermore, the switch to LED could cut back the need for capital investment in new electricity generation capacity of over 1 trillion euro – or some 640 power plants.
Marc de Jong, CEO Professional Lighting Solutions at Philips, said: “We have joined the Clean Revolution Campaign as we believe it is an excellent avenue to further strengthen the case for LED lighting that can lead to dramatic savings in energy and spur low-carbon growth, while enhancing people’s feeling of security and comfort on streets, in buildings, and at home. This partnership underlines our commitment as a leading health and well-being company to drive the wave of innovative LED lighting and provide meaningful solutions that improve people’s quality of life.”
Mark Kenber, CEO The Climate Group said: “We are delighted to have Philips, one of the leading corporations in lighting internationally, as our first corporate partner for The Clean Revolution campaign. Over the next three years we will be working with Philips to highlight the opportunity for governments and corporations in investing in the low-carbon economy with a focus on expanding the use of what is one of the most promising smart technologies, LEDs. Our cooperation with Philips will allow us to highlight the great cost-savings and energy efficiency improvement LEDs provide and catalyse a low carbon transformation in lighting around the world”.
¹ International Energy Agency