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       ambition                                                                  Government Affairs, Philips Lighting
                                                                                                By Harry Verhaar,
                                                                                         Head of Global Public and

       meets reality                                                          

       renovate buildings to save

       energy and the climate

       In the history of climate change, this year’s record book
       gives pause for thought. The National Aeronautics and Space
       Administration (NASA) reports that July 2016 was the hottest                  Philips Lighting
       month since scientists began keeping records in 1880. The planet              (Euronext Amsterdam
       is heating up at a faster pace than at any time in the past 1,000             ticker: LIGHT), a global
       years. And that’s not all.                                                    leader in lighting
                                                                                     products, systems
                                                                                     and services, delivers
       At the same time, the global population is growing – to almost 10 billion by 2050, according   innovations that unlock
       to United Nations estimates. More people need more resources, especially in cities where   business value, deliver
       two-thirds of us will live. The combination of these mega-trends poses a stark challenge   rich user experiences
       to humanity. To meet rising demand we will need to foster new economic models of low
       carbon growth.                                                                and help improve lives.
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       Energy efficiency is the low hanging fruit: an easy win among the raft of measures needed   and consumer markets,
       to tackle climate change. Today, energy efficiency improves by about 1.5 per cent every year.   we lead the industry
       Translated into an equivalent reduction in coal-fired power stations, simply doubling the   in connected lighting
       annual rate of improvement in energy efficiency to 3 per cent per year would set us on a
       sustainable path.                                                             systems and services,
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       Philips Lighting CEO Eric Rondolat has called this “The 3% Syndrome”. In terms of reducing   of Things to transform
       carbon emissions, greater energy efficiency could deliver fully two-thirds of what needs to   homes, buildings and
       be done to meet the bold commitments agreed at COP 21 in Paris. This incremental gain   urban spaces. With 2015
       in energy efficiency improvement would unlock huge benefits – for the planet, its people,
       business and society.                                                         sales of EUR 7.5 billion,
                                                                                     we have approximately
       Connected LED                                                                 36,000 employees in
       To meet the needs of a growing population, we need to consume resources more efficiently.   over 70 countries. News
       To create successful cities, we need clean energy and smart infrastructure. Fortunately,   from Philips Lighting
       our response to these challenges is helped by a fourth mega-trend: Digitalization. The
       transformative powers of connected technologies offer a myriad of ways to make our world   is located at: www.
       cleaner and smarter.                                                
       Lighting is a significant part of the answer. By 2030 for example, the global tally of light points
       will have increased by 35% to 60 billion. Simply adopting LED in place of incandescent lighting

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