Philips Lighting joins forces with leading climate organizations to support bold energy efficiency targets at Climate Week NYC

Author:
William Brittlebank
Reading time: 4 minutes
19 September 2016

NEW YORK: Bold new energy efficiency targets for buildings and infrastructure were announced today during the opening day of Climate Week NYC, in a clear demonstration of the private sector and leading climate organizations collaborating to achieve the goals set out in the Paris Agreement.

The Climate Group, convening the eighth annual Climate Week NYC, joined Philips Lighting and the World Green Building Council at a special event at The TimesCenter in New York City, to jointly call for the urgent renovation of existing building stock and the adoption of innovative ways of building to enable vital emissions reductions.

The 'Raising the standard' event brought together leaders from business and government, in order to address the immediate opportunities that can drive energy efficiency through renovation - including lighting - and in turn reduce emissions in both new and existing buildings.

With buildings accounting for approximately 40% of global energy use, Eric Rondolat, CEO, Philips Lighting led the call for all new buildings to include energy efficient light emitting diode (LED) lighting by 2020, and all existing buildings to have LED lighting by 2030. In addition, the company re-iterated the call made with The Climate Group last year for all street lighting to use LEDs by 2025.

Speaking at the event, Eric Rondolat said: “Our ambition is to lead the industry in helping to combat climate change. Connected LED lighting is a key component in building renovation and a driving force in helping our customers to reduce electricity use by up to 80%.”

Eric Rondolat, CEO, Philips Lighting

Calling to double current renovation rates in cities, if climate targets are to be met, Eric Rondolat added: “We believe that the technologies in order to do so are existing today. Also, as a company we try to walk the talk, and we’ve been announcing today – proudly so – our ‘Brighter Lives, Better World’ sustainability program, which is about the company becoming part of the happy few companies that are becoming neutral in 2020.”

Damian Ryan, acting CEO, The Climate Group, delivered the opening remarks of the high-level panel debate, which saw the participation of Terri Wills, CEO, World Green Building Council, Bill Bien, Head of Strategy, Philips Lighting, Ed Mazria, Founder and CEO, Architecture 2030, and Bob Cicero, from Cisco Systems. The panel addressed energy efficiency in new buildings, public infrastructure, and corporate properties - and analyzed the practical steps and solutions that are required to achieve the ambitious targets.

Terri Wills said: “Transforming buildings will enable us to deliver the Paris Agreement, as improved energy efficiency is one of the most cost effective ways to combat climate change. Philips Lighting is at the forefront of this challenge to reduce energy consumption, and its new targets will play a major part in decarbonizing the built environment.”

To achieve such important goals, transparency and consistent standards are “crucial, because only what gets measured gets improved”, concluded Eric Rondolat, presenting a new ISO standard developed in collaboration with the World Council on City Data. “That framework is essential, so that across cities we can benchmark, talk about the same things, and make sure that in doing so we can improve on energy efficiency.”

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