Philips at Climate Change Conference in Durban COP17

November 30, 2011

Switching to LED lighting helps save energy  while improving  the quality of people’s lives  around the globe

A new round of international climate change negotiations has kicked off in Durban, South Africa, last Monday 28th November.  The 17th Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP17)  will run  till Friday 9th December.

Philips will actively contribute to the international climate change debate at several high-level events throughout the conference and make a strong plea for a worldwide switch to LED to save energy, avoid CO2 emissions and at the same time enhance the quality of people’s lives  around the globe. 
Lighting accounts for 19% of current global electricity production, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA). Around two thirds of current lighting is based on older, energy wasting technologies developed before 1970. In most cases, the switch to LED is simple to make and could worldwide cut energy consumption for lighting by 40%. Over two third of the benefit could be achieved in the commercial and industrial world.

The development of LED technology has now reached a tipping point allowing them to be used in almost all applications. Quality LED lighting solutions help to address some of the key societal issues and opportunities we all face today - the energy crisis, resource scarcity, climate change, safety in and attractiveness of our cities, productivity in our offices. LED lighting solutions can help to provide an enhanced sense of health and well being where people  live and work. In fact, when combined with the latest solar and battery developments, Philips LED technology can help to provide light for the 1.6 billion people around the world which currently lives without electricity. 

On behalf of Philips  Mr. Juan van Dongen, General Manager for Africa, and  Mr. Harry Verhaar, Senior Director Energy and Climate Change, will speak and participate  in a number of high level side-events that bring together representatives from the private and public sector.

Follow the conversation and updates from Durban on Philips Twitter @PhilipsLight@PhilipsPR (#COP17, #PCOP17) or Philips Lighting blog.


For the official website of the UN Climate Change Conference see:

Philips activities at COP17 from November 30 – December 8:

Wednesday 30th November
Philips announces the largest energy saving LED lighting deal in Africa to date
(15:00 PM local time)

Philips spokespersons: Ronald de Jong (Chief Market Leader)
and Juan van Dongen (CEO Philips Africa)

Friday 2nd December
International Chamber of Commerce side event; panel discussion on “Leveraging private sector financing and investment” (11:30 – 13:00 PM local time)
Philips spokesperson: Harry Verhaar (Sr. Director Energy and Climate Change)

Friday 2nd December
Media brief by Philips and Eskom (18:00 – 19:00 local time)
Philips spokespersons: Harry Verhaar (Sr. Director Energy and Climate Change)
and Nick Kelso (Sr. Communications Manager)

Saturday 3rd December
The World Climate Summit – Day 1 
Press release 'Philips supplies healthy cooking stoves and solar LED home lighting in South Africa'
COP17 UNFCCC/ UNIDO high-level community event (13:30 – 15:30 local time) 

Philips spokesperson: Juan van Dongen (CEO Philips Africa)

Contact for media questions:

Caroline Keulemans
Philips Lighting, Corporate Communications
Tel: +31651066949 


Eeva Raaijmakers
Philips Corporate Communications
Tel: +31205977427