Philips to oversee radical rehaul of Aruba's lighting with projected savings of 50-80%
- 02 April 2014
LONDON: International lighting giant, Philips, has just announced a strategic partnership with Aruba which will help the island nation achieve US$1.2-1.7 million energy cost savings per year.
The collaboration was officially announced today, with Aruba and Philips outlining their objectives and proposals in a ‘Memorandum of Innovation’.
This blueprint for sustainable development will play a prominent role in helping Aruba achieve its goal of 100% clean energy by 2020.
Philips has pledged to undertake a full analysis of the current lighting system to assess the opportunities for innovation and advancement. This thorough audit will facilitate the implementation of a targeted energy efficient lighting system which fits the precise needs of public buildings and outdoor areas.
When the new lighting strategy is complete the small island can expect carbon dioxide savings of 3,000-4,000 tons a year, resulting in initial energy savings of 50-80%.
Both partners affirm that Aruba’s lighting modernization will ensure it is recognized as an innovative leader in Latin America and the Caribbean. Henk de Jong, CEO of Philips Latin America noted that the country “will become an important showcase for innovation that helps deliver energy efficiencies and makes cities, office buildings, homes and products more sustainable.”
Harry Verhaar, Head of Global Public and Government Affairs, Philips Lighting, also stressed this point:"The Aruba-Philips innovation partnership shows how Aruba is taking the lead in tackling global challenges, particularly climate change, while creating socio-economic benefits for its people on a local level. I am confident this will also further inspire the 50+ other island states as well as other countries in the world, that despite the urgency and necessity to act, the solutions represent an agenda of progress creating a more livable society for this and next generations."
Prime Minister Mike Eman was keen to emphasize long term gains which will result from the collaboration: “The partnership with Philips will contribute to the sustainable economic development Aruba is pursuing, which relies on a knowledge-based economy using the island’s strategic location in the region between Europe and the Americas.”
Philips has an impressive track record when it comes to city and state sustainability projects. In 2013, Buenos Aires commissioned the corporate leader to convert over 91,000 street lights to LED technology. The conversion project will take three years to complete but it is expected to deliver savings of over 50%.
Similarly, in 2009 Philips played an instrumental role in Mexico’s Luz Sustentable project which saw citizens receive over 30 million energy saving light bulbs.
By Alana Ryan