Philips and The Governator push LED lighting adoption
February 6, 2013 - At the first international sustainable energy conference hosted by R20 (Regions of Climate Action), Philips says it emphasized the benefits of rapid adoption of “intelligent and energy-efficient” LED lighting infrastructure for sub-national government organizations (e.g. states, regions, provinces, counties and cities).
By Anthony Capkun
“LED technology has proven its reliability and now is the time to accelerate adoption. By using LED-based lighting, municipalities can enhance safety for citizens, reduce public energy bills and free up resources to support economic growth,” insisted Eric Rondolat, CEO of Philips Lighting (in photo).
“Cities, states and provinces are where the real action is when it comes to energy efficiency projects,” said R20 founding chair Arnold Schwarzenegger (yes, the Governator). “We look forward to having Phillips join our building and street lighting efficiency campaign and help to make everyone an action hero in building sustainable communities and fighting climate change.”
At the conference, Philips and R20 jointly announced the launch of an ‘LED Street Lighting Toolkit’ in the course of Q1 2013 that will enable sub-national governments to act quickly to improve street lighting with LED technology.
Cities are responsible for 70% of global energy use, says Philips, adding lighting public spaces (e.g. streets, parks, offices, schools) is responsible for 50% of a city’s energy bill. Thus, concludes Philips, LED lighting represents a significant opportunity for city councils to cut their power bills and ease their stretched balance sheets.