Philips highlights urgent need to unlock potential of energy efficiency at Climate Change Conference COP18

December 3, 2012



Doha, Qatar – At the ongoing Climate Change Conference in Qatar, Philips issued a strong call for governments, businesses and society to step up actions to implement energy efficient lighting as a means of lowering costs, improving competitiveness, and significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

 

“LED lighting is a technology innovation that enhances efficiency and brings substantial savings. These savings can potentially be re-invested in cities and new infrastructures, thus enabling sustainable growth.’’ said Eric Rondolat, CEO Philips Lighting.

 

A full switch-over to energy efficient LED lighting would provide significant energy savings that equal a reduction in the need for 640 medium-sized power plants and cost savings of approximately EUR 130 billion.¹

 

Christiana Figueres, the UNFCCC² Executive Secretary said: “Energy efficiency measures hold enormous potential not just to make a significant contribution to curb global greenhouse gas emissions, but to cut energy bills for consumers and businesses, support green jobs and enterprises, and boost economies. In collaboration with key stakeholders including business and industry, governments need to step up measures that promote behavioural change and drive energy efficiency improvements across all sectors.”

 

A report from leading energy consultancy Ecofys titled: “The benefits of energy efficiency: why wait?” is being published at the global Climate Change Conference in Doha (COP18) in partnership with Philips. The report aims to estimate the scale of the benefits of energy efficiency, based on assessments from the most authoritative organizations in this field.

 

The report highlights that improving the efficiency of general electricity use by an additional 1-2 percent per year is equivalent to the production of 2,500 to 5,000 medium-sized power plants. This would reduce the need for capital investments in public energy infrastructure in the range of EUR 1000 - 1900 billion by 2030, providing medium-term budget relief during a period of difficult economic conditions.

 

The report also estimates the scale of other benefits of energy efficiency such as cost savings through lower energy bills, and reduced greenhouse gas emissions.

 

Dr. Kandeh Yumkella, the UN Secretary-General's designated Special Representative for Sustainable Energy for All, added: "Strengthening energy efficiency provides a twin-win for both the climate and the economy. It is one of the most powerful, cost-effective tools available to help meet our climate goals while also saving money for governments, businesses and consumers alike. Energy efficiency is essential for making sustainable energy for all a reality."

 

As part of its role during the conference, Philips will be advocating for the next level of action and embracing initiatives which contribute to staying within the 2ºC limit for climate change.

 

Follow the conversation and updates from Qatar on Philips Twitter @PhilipsLight, @PhilipsPR (#COP18, #PCOP18) or Philips Lighting Blog.

 

For the official website of the UN Climate Change Conference, see: www.unfccc.int  

 

¹ Philips publication: “The LED Lighting Revolution : a summary of the global savings potential, May 2012 edition”
² United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, www.unfccc.int

 

 

Philips activities at COP18 from December 2 – December 6:

 

Sunday 2nd December
World Climate Summit
Philips spokespersons: Eric Rondolat (CEO Philips Lighting) and Roy Jakobs (CEO Philips Middle East and Turkey) 

 

Monday 3rd December
Doha Business Day (by WBCSD/ ICC Qatar)
Philips spokesperson: Harry Verhaar (Head of Public & Government Affairs, Philips Lighting)

 

Tuesday 4th December
UN System: Sustainable Solutions for Climate Action
Philips spokesperson: Harry Verhaar (Head of Public & Government Affairs, Philips Lighting)

 

Wednesday 5th December
UN Global Compact & UNEP (Caring4Climate event)
Philips spokesperson: Harry Verhaar (Head of Public & Government Affairs, Philips Lighting) 

 

Sustainable Energy for Island Economies - A High Impact Opportunity
Philips spokesperson: Harry Verhaar (Head of Public & Government Affairs, Philips Lighting)

 

The Climate Group States & Regions side-event
Philips spokesperson: Harry Verhaar (Head of Public & Government Affairs, Philips Lighting)

 

Thursday 6th December
Green Growth Action Alliance (G2A2)
Philips spokesperson: Harry Verhaar (Head of Public & Government Affairs, Philips Lighting)

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Follow the conversation and updates from Qatar on Philips Twitter @PhilipsLight, @PhilipsPR (#COP18, #PCOP18) or Philips Lighting Blog

Meydan Bridge in Dubai lit with Philips Color Kinetics LEDs

For further information, please contact:

Eeva Raaijmakers
Philips Corporate Communications (Global)
Tel: +31 612350597
E-mail: eeva.raaijmakers@philips.com 

 

Sarah Campbell
Philips Corporate Communications (Middle East)
Tel: +971 55 100 3806
E-mail: sarah.campbell@philips.com 

 

Mariëlle Vosbeek
Press Office - Ecofys
Kanaalweg 15-G
3526 KL Utrecht
Tel: +31 (0)30 662-3402
E-mail: press@ecofys.com

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About Royal Philips Electronics

Royal Philips Electronics (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) is a diversified health and well-being company, focused on improving people’s lives through meaningful innovation in the areas of Healthcare, Consumer Lifestyle and Lighting. Headquartered in the Netherlands, Philips posted 2011 sales of EUR 22.6 billion and employs approximately 121,000 employees with sales and services in more than 100 countries. The company is a leader in cardiac care, acute care and home healthcare, energy efficient lighting solutions and new lighting applications, as well as male shaving and grooming, home and portable entertainment and oral healthcare. News from Philips is located at www.philips.com/newscenter.

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Ecofys – Experts in Energy

Established in 1984 with the mission of achieving “sustainable energy for everyone”, Ecofys has become the leading expert in renewable energy, energy & carbon efficiency, energy systems & markets as well as energy & climate policies. The unique synergy between those areas of expertise is the key to its success. Ecofys creates smart, effective, practical and sustainable solutions for and with public and corporate clients all over the world. With offices in Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, the United Kingdom, China and the US, Ecofys employs over 250 experts dedicated to solving energy and climate challenges. www.ecofys.com

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