Delegates at the UN Climate Change Conference in Marrakech (COP 22, to 18 November) learned how smart lighting systems are cutting greenhouse gas emissions and reducing energy costs. A special Momentum for Change event provided a platform for Philips Lighting to demonstrate how smart energy solutions work and how they are making a real difference on climate change.
Akon, international music star and Co-Founder of Akon Lighting Africa, and Eric Rondolat, CEO of Philips Lighting, discuss smart lighting systems at COP 22.
The event showed how smart lighting systems are profoundly transforming the lighting sector, replacing old, inefficient technologies.
According to Eric Rondolat, CEO of Philips Lighting, the energy and greenhouse gas saving potential of this one single technology are huge, with the potential to reduce by half the energy demand from lighting – representing 15% of total electricity consumption and 5% of greenhouse gas emissions.
According to Philips, doubling the rate of energy efficiency improvement to 3% will unlock significant economic benefits: 6 million new jobs by 2020; €2300 billion reduction in fuel costs by 2030; reduction of household energy bills by one-third.
Akon, International music star and Co-Founder of Akon Lighting Africa, also spoke at the event. Akon Lighting Africa seeks to provide a concrete response at grass roots level to Africa’s energy crisis and lay the foundations for future development. Launched in February 2014 by Akon, it aims to develop an innovative solar-powered solution that will provide African villages with access to a clean and affordable source of electricity.
Salaheddine Mezouar, COP22 President and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Morocco, with Akon.
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