COP19: LED lighting will save 30% energy and 515 million tons of emissions a year by 2020, Philips reveals

21 November 2013

WARSAW: Philips stoked renewed optimism and action at COP19 in Warsaw this week, forecasting a potential 30% energy use decrease for lighting by 2020 with ongoing LED adoption, which would result in huge emission reductions and economic savings. 

Energy savings

Philips has revealed new data on the energy savings the company is seeing from implementing energy-efficient lighting technologies such as LEDs, pointing out the opportunity for emission reductions by switching to the low carbon lighting.

From its data, Philips predicts that by 2020, 30% less energy will be used for lighting globally compared to 2006, as a result of the ongoing adoption of energy efficient lighting. The energy savings represent a 515 million ton reduction in CO2 emissions and over US$100 billion in cost savings on energy bills for businesses and consumers. 

Speaking at UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's high-level COP19 side event, 'The UN system as a catalyst for climate action: Promoting low-carbon development’, where he was the only panel speaker from the private sector, Harry Verhaar, Head of Global Public and Government Affairs, Philips Lighting said of the 30% forecast: “With increasing population growth and urbanization, the demand for light is growing. The good news is that the resulting increase in energy demand is being compensated for by gains in energy efficiency, as a result of the adoption of energy efficient lighting. And these energy savings offer a triple win; for the economy, citizens and the environment.’’

LED adoption 

Last month, Philips--the world's biggest lighting manufacturer and member of The Climate Group--reported that its LED lighting sales grew 33% from a year ago and now represent 30% of its total US$2.85 billion lighting sales in the quarter. 

This growing confidence in LED lighting is helping accelerate adoption in cities, which was the topic of a second panel discussion Harry Verhaar was speaking at during the Caring for Climate Business Forum at COP19 this week, called 'Increasing Innovation, Promoting Energy Efficiency, RE and Technology Solutions - Unlocking the value in low-carbon innovation'.

During the panel, Harry Verhaar launched the States and Regions consultation process on accelerating adoption of LED street lighting. Along with Philips, The Climate Group will begin the new procurement consultation process over Q1 and Q2 of 2014, working with our States and Regions Alliance and business stakeholders to identify and resolve barriers to LED adoption. In a statement, Harry Verhaar said: "At Philips we are pleased to be part of this partnership. Together with a broad range of partners from both the public and private sector, we can continue to deliver the cutting edge LED lighting solutions that will help create the sustainable liveable cities of tomorrow."

In 2012, The Climate Group, in partnership with Philips, launched the LED LightSavers report, Lighting the Clean Revolution, which summarized LED streetlighting trials from ten global cities. Results revealed the clear maturity of LED technologies, the big opportunity for energy savings and the enhanced lighting capabilities of LEDs. 

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