Philips backs Climate Group project to promote LED streetlighting

The Climate Group and Philips have begun a global project to ‘identify and overcome the hurdles’ that prevent cities from adopting LED streetlighting.

The initiative, launched this month at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, will look at the benefits of LEDs, financing, risk management, smart lighting, futureproofing, standards and quality, as well as considering the socioeconomic benefits of LED lighting.

It will run until the autumn, with meetings planned in Brazil, China, Europe, the Middle East, India and the United States.

Mark Kenber, CEO of the Climate Group, which is backed by companies and governments and works to reduce carbon emissions, said: ‘I want to see all new public lighting – both streetlighting and in public buildings – to be LED, or as efficient, by 2015.’

Harry Verhaar, global head of public affairs at Philips Lighting, said: ‘The urgency to combat climate change and the potential of energy-efficient LED lighting to help tackle this has been recognised.’