Philips Lighting has today delivered its one billionth LED bulb at a special ceremony in Bonn during the COP23 climate talks.
Now the company is using the climate change stage in Germany to call on governments to commit to 100 per cenr energy-efficient lighting targets in buildings and street lighting.
Philips says the one billion bulb milestone marks “the latest progress in the global transition to energy-efficient lighting, a vital measure in slowing climate change”.
In December 2006, Philips Lighting called for the global phase-out of incandescent light bulbs. At that time, lighting accounted for 19 per cent of global electricity consumption. This level was down to 15 per cent in 2015 when the Paris Agreement was signed and Philips says it is on track to further decline to 8 per cent 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 per cent every year but simply doubling this to 3 per cent 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“When compared to the outdated lighting sources these LEDs replaced, the energy savings achieved are equivalent to the energy generated byà‚ 30 medium-sized coal-fired power stations and the CO2 reductions achieved are equivalent to theemissions produced byà‚ 12 million cars. The impact is real and measurable.”
The one billionth LED lamp was presented to a group of representatives from international governmental and non-governmental organizations at a special ceremony attended by representatives from the UN, the International Energy Agency and the Global Environment Facility.
Rachel Kyte, chief executive 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 ceremony, Philips Lighting called on governments to set three targets: 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; and by 2030 all existing corporate buildings should be fitted with LED or equivalent energy-efficient lighting.