The Climate Group and Royal Philips both call on all cities around the globe to switch before 2025 to LED for lighting their streets. In addition, a campaign was launched with a name making quite clear why this switch should happen: “LED = Lower Emissions Delivered”. The goal of the campaign is to encourage cities, utilities, and local governments to embrace LED as a technique that will lower both the financial and environmental costs of street lighting.
This campaign was launched at the Climate Week NYC, an annual event hosted by The Climate Group. This non-profit organization wants to decarbonize society as fast as possible, and tries to reach its goal by raising awareness and bringing together governments and businesses to develop green financing mechanisms and business models. Royal Phillips, which partnered with The Climate Group to call for the switch to LED, is a large multinational engaged in the Health Care, Consumer Lifestyle, and Lightning sector.
The spectacular benefits of making this switch were mentioned in a report that The Climate Group just published. Named Support the big switch, it concluded that during a trial in 12 major cities, the replacement of all lighting by LED’s achieved energy savings of 50 to 70%.
An interesting example of making the shift is the city of Los Angeles. In 2013, Los Angeles began to install 140,000 street lights. In 2014 this already resulted in energy savings of 63% and cost savings of roughly $8.7 million.
Improving energy efficiency is, together with decarbonizing the way we produce that energy, very important in tackling climate change. Unfortunately much more should be done. According to Eric Rondolat, Chief Executive Officer at Phillips Lighting, the demand for energy is increasing twice as fast as the annual rate of improvement in energy efficiency. So there is still a long way to go, but increasing the broad use of innovations like LED lighting is a necessary step in the right direction.