Philips Lighting

As cities hold the key to achieving the Paris climate goals, the need for data to support progress in cities has never been greater. We are pleased to join hands with the World Council on City Data to help cities as they strive towards a resilient, low-carbon future. Energy efficient LED lighting plays an important role in reducing energy bills and carbon emissions while improving cities safety and livability.
— Harry Verhaar, Head Public and Government Affairs at Philips Lighting

New Publication: The Citywide Benefits of Smart & Connected Public Lighting

To download the new WCCD-Philips Lighting Report: 'The Citywide Benefits of Smart & Connected Public Lighting - Assessed through WCCD ISO 37120 Data', please click here.

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In March 2017, WCCD and Philips Lighting developed and published a new report: The Citywide Benefits of Smart & Connected Public Lighting: Assessed through WCCD ISO 37120 Data. The report was launched at the Global Cities Summit with senior representatives of the City of Los Angeles and the City of Buenos Aires, who contributed to its development.

The report highlights that cities globally are recognizing the value of high-caliber standardized city data to inform infrastructure investment and decision-making. This data-driven approach is particularly important for evaluating new smart infrastructure solutions, which can produce multiple financial, economic, social and environmental benefits.

The report showcases two WCCD Foundation Cities – Los Angeles and Buenos Aires – that have adopted the Philips Lighting CityTouch solution accompanied by widespread conversion to LED public lighting. The report shows the positive impacts of these investments that combine significant energy cost savings, reduced carbon emissions, improved system reliability, and reduced maintenance workload.

Improved lighting also generates a wider set of benefits at the city level, such as reduced crime rates, improved citizen perceptions of safety, improved traffic safety for all road users, and significant contributions to city attractiveness and economic vitality. The report summarizes the evidence of many of these benefits, highlighting that quantifying positive impacts at the city level is possible through WCCD ISO 37120 certified data.

This data can then play a major role in building the investment case for mobilizing funding and securing citizen support, demonstrating impact and progress over time, and assisting other cities to understand the benefits of these solutions through data-driven city-to-city learning.

Partnership Overview

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.