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Philips and R20 Founding Chairman Arnold Schwarzenegger call to switch cities to LED lighting

31 January 2013
Philips and R20 Founding Chairman Arnold Schwarzenegger call to switch cities to LED lighting

VIENNA: Today Philips, a member of The Climate Group, and Regions of Climate Action (R20), emphasized the clear benefits of rapid adoption of intelligent and energy-efficient LED lighting infrastructure for sub-national governments, at the first international sustainable energy conference hosted by R20.

Speaking at the conference in Vienna, Eric Rondolat, CEO of Philips Lighting, said: “LED technology has proven its reliability and now is the time to accelerate adoption. By using LED-based lighting, municipalities can enhance safety for citizens, reduce public energy bills and free up resources to support economic growth.”

Arnold Schwarzenegger, R20 Founding Chairman said: “Cities, states, and provinces are where the real action is when it comes to energy efficiency projects. We look forward to having Philips join our building and street lighting efficiency campaign and help to make everyone an action hero in building sustainable communities and fighting climate change.”

LED toolkit

At the conference, Philips and R20 jointly announced the launch of an “LED Street Lighting Toolkit” in Q1 2013 that will enable sub-national governments to act quickly to improve street lighting with LED technology.

Recent studies¹ have indicated that improving the efficiency of general electricity use from the present rate of 1% per year up to 3% per year would reduce the need for capital investments in public energy infrastructure, by up to 1900 billion by 2030. This would provide medium-term public budget relief.

Safer, cheaper cities

Because cities are responsible for 70% of global energy use, with lighting of public spaces responsible for 50%² of a city’s energy bill, LED lighting represents a significant opportunity for city councils to cut their power bills and ease their stretched balance sheets.

Equally important, LED lighting can help municipalities create safer cities – and the benefit of LED lighting in this respect has been recognized by citizens. A global LED trial³ by The Climate Group in 12 cities determined that citizens prefer LED lighting, with 90% supporting rollout in cities, citing increased feelings of safety.

¹ Ecofys report published in partnership with Philips The benefits of energy-efficiency: why wait?
² Source: Philips Lighting
³ Lighting the Clean Revolution: the rise of LEDs and what it means for Cities

Read the full speech by José Manuel Durão Barroso, President of the European Commission at today's event.


Eric Rondolat, CEO Philips Lighting
Panel 1: “The Energy Mix of the Future”
Thursday, 31 January 2013 at 10.15 am CET

Robert Pfarrwaller, CEO Philips Austria
Panel 2: “Empowering Regions to Implement New Energy Solutions’’ (keynote)
Thursday, 31 February 2013 at 1.30 pm CET

Harry Verhaar, Senior Director Energy and Climate Change, Philips Lighting
Panel 4: “Technologies for a Smart Future”
Friday, 01 February 2013 at 9.30 am CET

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