Philips Lighting launched a new five-year sustainability program earlier this month, Brighter Lives, Better World, which includes targets of 100% carbon neutral operations and a shift to 100% electricity.
The move comes amidst a global business transition toward cleaner and more sustainable activities — a move which Philips Lighting’s parent company Philips has been a part of for some time, having in 2014 been one of the 13 original partners of The Climate Group’s RE100, whose aim is to campaign for and support more businesses turning to 100% renewable electricity. On top of that, in June, Philips committed to complete carbon neutral operations by 2020 in its own five-year sustainability program.
Now, Philips Lighting, a global leader in lighting, has followed in its parents’ footsteps, announcing Brighter Lives, Better World, its own five-year sustainability program launched during Climate Week NYC. This will mark the first time Philips Lighting has set sustainability goals as a standalone, listed company, apart from its parent. Specifically, Brighter Lives, Better World intends to “create brighter lives with quality light that improves people’s wellbeing, safety, and productivity.”
Philips Lighting is set to accelerate the shift to LED lighting and connected lighting systems that it believes “help to create a better world where customers can reduce their electricity use by up to 80%.” Brighter Lives, Better World will also see the company aim to, by 2020, achieve 80% of its turnover from products, systems, and services that provide environmental and social benefits. In addition, and unsurprisingly, Philips Lighting also aims to achieve 100% carbon neutral operations and 100% renewable electricity usage by 2020.
“Our ambition is to lead the industry with sustainable connected lighting and to show that we walk the talk, we launched our ‘Brighter Lives, Better World’ sustainability program,” explained Eric Rondolat, CEO Philips Lighting, speaking at the Climate Week NYC.
“We have firm goals for 2020 which include improving energy efficiency, reducing waste through circular lighting and delivering access to light in off-grid areas. We are convinced that we can combat climate change and reduce global energy demand through our commitment to sell more than two billion LED light points by 2020. For us, sustainability is a double win: a driver for economic growth and a means of advancing the planet.”
In addition, Philips Lighting is also part of a coalition alongside The Climate Group and World Green Building Council which announced a call-to-action for all new buildings to use LED lighting by 2020, and all existing buildings to transition to LED lighting by 2030.
“As we move forward to a new climate resilient future, one of the most immediate opportunities we can seize upon is driving energy efficiency through renovation and lighting,” added Damian Ryan, Acting CEO, The Climate Group.
“Buildings and infrastructure use a significant amount of global energy, so bold targets are needed to dramatically reduce this and help keep us on track of the Paris Agreement. Adopting energy efficient LED lighting is the fastest and most cost effective change we could make tomorrow. This is why we support the call for all new and existing buildings to be fitted with energy efficient LED lighting by 2030.”
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