Philips’ philosophy is that “prevention is better than cure.” The company has been working to minimize the environmental impacts of its products, processes and services since 1970. To prevent further climate change it is important to curb emissions, and one step to this is renewable energy.
Philips focuses on making products more ecologically efficient and reducing the environmental impact of its operations. This has lead Philips to form the Green Operations program which focuses on improving the environmental performance of manufacturing facilities with relation to climate change, water, and waste and chemical substances. The ultimate aim is to have carbon-neutral operations by 2020.
It also sources renewably generated electricity for all manufacturing and non-industrial sites, and in 2015 increased the share of purchased renewable electricity to 54% of the total. In 2015, Philips also achieved a 41% carbon emissions reduction in its manufacturing and non-industrial sites, business travel and logistics operations, compared to a 2007 baseline. This was in part contributed to by the growing renewable energy sourcing.
Philips has set real leadership in researching and creating renewably sourced lighting products, with special focus on provision for developing countries. Its portfolio of cost effective renewable lighting provides wide ranging solutions, but applications can be focused to ensure they are used optimally. Examples of products are solar charged reading lights specifically designed for reading and writing, so they cannot easily be used elsewhere and ensure children’s educations aren’t disrupted.
Also Light Blossom street lights are designed to supply renewable light whatever the weather. During the day, the petals open to reveal solar panels, tracking the sun across the sky. On days when the sun’s energy is not enough, the petals turn upward to create a vertical wind turbine shape, which rotate and power the street light.
Another product is the Solar Gen2’s solar panel which stores the energy from sunlight to discharge overnight, powering a new High Brightness LED luminaire. More efficient lights and batteries mean that the solar panel can be 50% smaller than traditionally. This system can also be used to charge mobile phones. Philips’ Green Products, the category renewable lighting falls into, make up half its sales currently.
Philips committed to investing US$2.5 million between 2012 and 2015 on 100 renewable light centers in Africa as part of the UN’s sustainable light for all campaign. Each light centre is 1,000m2 and is lit by new generation highly efficient solar-powered LEDs. The light centers will lengthen the day for rural communities allowing further economic activity or social and educational activities.
- Reduces carbon footprint in the company for customers via products.
- Sustainable light is contributing to improved educational and social activities in the developing world.
Last updated: February 2016
See also December 2015: Philips to become carbon neutral
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