Business News | Jul 30, 2010

Philips is First Lighting Manufacturer to Advocate Industry Phase-Out of Inefficient Lighting in North America

A coalition of energy efficiency advocates today announced plans for proposed legislative action for a major shift toward incorporating high-efficiency lighting technologies in home and office settings.

The call-to-action was introduced by Philips Electronics  Senator Mark Pryor (D-Ark.), Congressman Don Manzullo (R.-Ill.), and the Lighting Efficiency Coalition -- comprised of the Alliance to Save Energy, American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, Californians Against Waste, Natural Resources Defense Council and Earth Day Network. The Philips-led Coalition is advocating an industry-wide initiative that would accelerate the use of existing energy-efficient lighting systems and bulbs as substitutes for less efficient products currently in widespread use. Philips is supporting the initiative by agreeing to become the first lighting manufacturer in North America to seek a phase-out of inefficient incandescent light bulbs by 2016(a).

"I`m thrilled that Philips, the world`s top manufacturer of light bulbs, has taken the initiative to lead by example and advocate for new energy- efficiency incentives," said Senator Pryor. "This innovative coalition is a win-win for the environment, industry and consumers."

The Lighting Efficiency Coalition`s proposal is to enact public policies that would provide incentives for consumers and businesses to purchase more energy-efficient products and to set technology-neutral performance standards that will phase out the least efficient products from the market such as the 128-year old incandescent-style lamps. Legislation could include policy measures in the areas of green procurement, environmental performance targets, and financial incentives to secure participation from the leading manufacturers like Philips. This would help bring new products to the market while at the same time helping to address America`s energy and environmental challenges.

"As a utility that has made a major commitment to energy efficiency, Duke Energy congratulates Philips Lighting and its partners in the Lighting Efficiency Coalition for their ambitious yet realistic goal of transforming the lighting market to efficient products only by 2016," said Jim Rogers, Chairman, President and CEO of Duke Energy and Co-Chair of the Alliance to Save Energy. "Encouraging our customers to use advanced products such as compact fluorescent light bulbs is a key part of our plans to meet growing demand for electricity in a way that is cost-effective for consumers and businesses."

The Coalition supports the planned phase-out of inefficient lamps through the substitution of existing energy-efficient alternatives(b) including: compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), energy-saving halogen lamps, and by light emitting diode (LED) lamps. By adopting the proposed call-to-action and incorporating these alternative lighting options, Americans can make a significant economic and ecologically responsible impact on the environmental footprint of North America and the rest of the world.

"A wide range of energy-efficient light bulbs are already available on the market today," said Brian Dundon, Vice Chairman, Philips Lighting. "These bulbs are not only a better environmental choice than incandescent light bulbs, but cost far less to operate. To ensure a timely and broad adoption of energy efficient lighting, such as compact fluorescent lamps, Philips recommends that leaders of industry, government and NGOs support discussions to develop a plan to prudently phase out inefficient incandescent light bulbs."

Philips, the pioneer of CFL technology, currently offers a broad portfolio of energy-saving, green lighting products in multiple application areas. These include a new generation of compact fluorescent lamps, which are far smaller, less expensive to run, and overall more efficient than incandescent light bulbs. Philips also recently introduced a new generation of energy saving Halogen light bulbs, which offer 30 percent energy savings compared to incandescent bulbs. In addition, new LED lighting technologies promise even greater energy savings.

The economic and environmental benefits of energy-efficient lighting to the individual consumer and to society are substantial.

* In the United States there are approximately four billion screw-baselight sockets that currently house inefficient, old-style generalservice incandescent lights.
* If adopted across the United States, energy-efficient lighting wouldsave consumers and business approximately $18 billion annually onelectricity bills.
* Annual energy demand for lighting would be reduced by the equivalent ofwhat is generated by 30 nuclear power plants or up to 80 coal burning power plants.
* More than 158 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions and 5,700 poundsof air-born mercury emissions would be eliminated.

About Royal Philips Electronics

Royal Philips Electronics of the Netherlands is a global leader in healthcare, lifestyle and technology, delivering products, services and solutions through the brand promise of "sense and simplicity." Headquartered in the Netherlands, Philips employs approximately 121,700 employees in more than 60 countries worldwide. With sales of USD 34 billion (EUR 27 billion) in 2006, the company is a market leader in medical diagnostic imaging and patient monitoring systems, energy efficient lighting solutions, personal care and home appliances, as well as consumer electronics.