Philips Lighting says it has delivered one billion LED lamps and luminaires as part of its commitment to the Global Lighting Challenge, the Clean Energy Ministerial campaign to deploy ten billion high-efficiency light points to improve energy efficiency around the world. In doing so, Philips has pushed through the halfway mark of its own target to deliver two billion by 2020.
Philips Lighting is the first company to reach this milestone, which marks the latest progress in the global transition to energy-efficient lighting, a vital measure in slowing climate change. In December 2006, when Philips Lighting called for the global phase-out of incandescent light bulbs, lighting accounted for 19 percent of global electricity consumption. This level was down to 15 percent in 2015 when the Paris Agreement was signed, and is on track to further decline to 8 percent by 2030.
“This milestone demonstrates that we can successfully drive the transition from conventional lighting technologies to LED, which can make a significant contribution to global climate change objectives,” said Harry Verhaar, Head of Global Public and Government Affairs at Philips Lighting. . “Energy efficiency is the low hanging fruit – today, energy efficiency improves by about 1.5 percent every year but simply doubling this to 3 percent per year would set us on a sustainable path.”
“When compared to the outdated lighting sources these LEDs replaced, the energy savings achieved are equivalent to the energy generated by 30 medium-sized coal-fired power stations and the CO2 reductions achieved are equivalent to the emissions produced by 12 million cars. The impact is real and measurable,” Verhaar continued.
The billionth LED lamp was presented to a group of representatives from international organisations at a ceremony in Bonn attended by many influential advocates of environmental change, including representatives from the UN, the International Energy Agency (IEA) and the Global Environment Facility, as part of the United for Efficiency conference.
Rachel Kyte, Chief Executive Officer and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All, said: “In Paris numerous companies made commitments to a low carbon world. Philips Lighting has turned words into action. In just two years, they are halfway to their 2020 goal of delivering two billion LED bulbs. One billion LEDs sold equals the energy consumption of 300,000 households. Philips Lighting shows that together we can go further, faster.”
At the event, Philips Lighting called on governments worldwide to join them in its goal to make the world more energy-efficient by making the following commitments:
- By 2020 all new buildings should be installed with LED or equivalent energy-efficient lighting
- By 2025 all street lighting should be LED or equivalent energy-efficient lighting
- By 2030 all existing corporate buildings should be fitted with LED or equivalent energy-efficient lighting
The Global Lighting Challenge is a Clean Energy Ministerial campaign to reach cumulative global sales of ten billion high-efficiency, high-quality, and affordable advanced lighting products, such as LED lamps. The transition to energy-efficient lighting could be one of the most significant short-term initiatives to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions.