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        commitment, and more than a point of commercial     Payoffs
        differentiation. We’ve made it core to our company purpose.   The payoffs of investing in sustainable technology are
        We’re doing it because it’s the right thing to do.  significant and more immediate than one might think.
                                                            Some people once thought it impossible to phase out the
        We also want to show what’s possible. As a large global
                                                            incandescent light bulb. In 2006, when we called for such a
        organisation, we have a unique opportunity to model how we
                                                            transition, lighting accounted for 19% of global electricity
        got our business on course to be carbon neutral by 2020. It
                                                            use. Since then, the lighting sector has gone through one of
        has required great ambition and some important decisions
                                                            the fastest transitions we have ever seen. By 2018, electricity
        along the way, but crucially, we’re proving that it’s possible.
                                                            consumption had fallen to 13% and by 2030, it will be just
        We’re aiming for 100% renewable energy, and we’re almost
                                                            8%. At the same time, the number of light points is on the
        there, running currently at 92%. We’re switching our fleets of
                                                            rise, and by 2030, there will be about 35% more. It’s a great
        company cars to electric and hybrid vehicles. We’re making
                                                            reminder that growth and energy consumption need not
        our own buildings carbon neutral. We’ve created offset
                                                            go hand in hand. They can be decoupled, enabling socio-
        programmes to close the remaining gap. And perhaps most
                                                            economic development while at the same time contributing
        importantly, we’ve built sustainability into our product design,
                                                            to protecting our climate.
        with each product scored for a circular economy. Everything
        we do is driven by approved, science-based targets. We’ve
        done this in just five years, and if we can do it, others can, too.
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         Harry Verhaar,                                               2006       2018       2030
         Head of Global Public & Government Affairs,                 Energy Consumption (lighting)  Lighting use
         Harry Verhaar has over 20 years of experience in   So, my call to action is simple: let’s close the gap between
                                                            commitment and action and get behind a carbon-neutral
         the lighting industry and is Head of Global Public &
                                                            world no later than 2050. As businesses, let’s lead the way
         Government Affairs for Signify. He is responsible for
                                                            by committing to becoming carbon neutral by 2030 at the
         the strategy, outreach and stakeholder management
                                                            latest. And let’s make sure that in our conversations in ten
         on energy & climate change, resource efficiency and
                                                            years’ time, we’re able to reflect on our actions and our
         sustainable development, with a key focus on the role of
                                                            momentous progress in overcoming this greatest challenge
         the LED lighting revolution.                       to humanity’s future.
         He has since the end of 2003 been the architect of the
         lighting strategy on energy and climate change, which
         has resulted in a global momentum on phasing out of old
         lighting technologies.
         He is an active member of a number of partnership and
         stakeholder networks, among which The Climate Group;
         Regions20, the World Green Building Council and of the
         UN Environment Science Business Policy Forum. He is
         responsible for Philips’ relationship management with
         the UN and is a founding member of UN Environment’s
         en.lighten program and the SE4All’s Global Energy
         Efficiency Accelerator Platform. He is chairman of the
         European Alliance to Save Energy and is former president
         of the Global Off-Grid Lighting Association.
         He holds a MSc in Solid State Luminescence from the
         University of Utrecht, The Netherlands.

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