Philips pushes on the Energy Efficiency Accelerators

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Philips pushes on the Energy Efficiency Accelerators

In order to tackle global Climate Change as well as stimulate equitable sustainable development the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) program looks at three areas, universal access to energy, renewable energy and energy efficiency. Next to its Solar-LED lighting activities, Philips is one of the partners in a new SE4All initiative that is shaping the energy efficiency pillar of the program, the ‘Energy Efficiency Accelerators’. At the recent Abu Dhabi Ascent that took place on May 4 to 5 with a group of stakeholders Philips progressed this new work on ‘EE Accelerators’ for buildings, lighting and appliances, as well as for district heating and transport, with a focus on what can be achieved by 2030. Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon has assigned high priority to Climate Change in 2014. A delegation presented proposals to the plenary meeting in Abu Dhabi, as well as in a private 40-minute meeting with Ban Ki Moon. Philips outlined the potential savings by 2030, both economically (several US$ trillion for the full breadth of energy efficiency) and in terms of CO2 reduction (several bio-tonnes of CO2). Philips also outlined what needs to be done to actually realize this potential. Over the coming months these initiatives will further take shape as well as will involve sub-national governments through the most relevant city associations, i.e. The Climate Group, Regions20, C40 and ICLEI, so that the energy efficiency potential will be combined with city, state and regional commitments. The aim is for the Energy Efficiency Accelerator initiative to be presented at the UN Climate Change Summit in September in New York City. [caption id="attachment_2270" align="aligncenter" width="610"] Achim Steiner (UNEP), Sarah Watson (FIA), Harry Verhaar (Philips Lighting), Ban Ki Moon (UN Secretary-General), Kandeh Yumkella (UN SE4All), Clay Nesler (JCI), Amanda Eichel (C40), Reid Detchon (UN Foundation) Left to right: Achim Steiner (UNEP), Sarah Watson (FIA), Harry Verhaar (Philips Lighting), Ban Ki Moon (UN Secretary-General), Kandeh Yumkella (UN SE4All), Clay Nesler (JCI), Amanda Eichel (C40), Reid Detchon (UN Foundation)[/caption]  

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