Philips Lighting and the WCCD have established a Foundation Partnership, providing a platform to demonstrate the enormous potential for cities to raise economic performance and capture significant environmental and social benefits through improved energy efficiency and sustainable lighting solutions. The partnership agreement was signed at the opening of Climate Week NYC 2016 by Eric Rondolat, CEO, Philips Lighting and Patricia McCarney, WCCD President and CEO.
Philips Lighting supports smart cities initiatives with innovative business models and end-to-end systems that aim to revolutionize lighting in cities. By partnering with industry experts, Philips provides a lighting infrastructure that integrates with evolving applications such as sensors that monitor noise and air pollution, smart parking systems, and smart poles that act as wifi hotspots – all of which can be monitored and controlled from a single location. With projects around the globe, Philips Lighting knows firsthand the importance of data in steering initiatives that improve city life for everyone. Philips Lighting recently released a major report to explore how data collected from digital technologies such as IT, communications, the Internet of Things, and sensor networks can help cities gain new insights into services, operations, and city life.
This Foundation Partnership will promote the role that ISO-standardized city data can play in driving the rapid market adoption of high-efficiency energy solutions, which will be critical if cities around the world are to achieve their ambitious greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets. For example, a global transformation to LED-based lighting would reduce global electricity consumption for lighting by more than 45% and avoid 660 million tonnes of CO2 emissions per year.
An initial priority of the partnership will be to work together to identify priority indicators for city-level energy efficiency and public lighting performance and testing these indicators in collaboration with leading cities in the WCCD network. WCCD and Philips Lighting will also collaborate on a number of international events in 2016-17, including the WCCD Global Cities Summit in Dubai, encouraging a global dialogue on how ISO standardized city data demonstrate the diverse range of benefits for cities in pursuing smart and sustainable energy and lighting solutions.