For 1.6 billion people living off-grid around the world, as darkness falls everyday life simply comes to a stop. Simply traveling around after dark can be difficult and potentially dangerous. The Philips SolarGen2 off-grid system harnesses sunlight to provide reliable lighting after dark.
Enhancing life with light in the creation of Livable Cities
Less than a century ago, fewer than 10% of the world’s population lived in cities. Today, that figure stands at over 50%, and by the middle of the 21st century it is estimated that three-quarters of us will live in cities. Many of the new city dwellers can be found in the emerging markets in Asia and Africa, where conurbations of 20 million inhabitants or more are rapidly expanding. Faced with this unparalleled expansion, municipal authorities worldwide are now recognizing the need to create cities and towns that are safe and enjoyable to live in, to work and do business in, and relax in. Quality of life (urban safety, security, health and well-being), the promotion of commerce, entrepreneurism and tourism, and historic preservation are all high on national agendas.
Lighting accounts for 19% of all electricity consumed, and non-residential buildings (offices; schools; shops etc) and streets – particularly in urban environments – represent 75% of all electricity used for lighting. Significant savings in cost and environmental impact are achievable. In addition – or even more importantly – LED lighting is bringing new life to many local identities, as the creative possibilities of LED transform both the outdoor environment and the interior of our buildings.
Philips is playing a leading role in this transition by providing architects and lighting designers with flexible lighting solutions that enable them to, quite literally, ‘paint’ with light. And let’s not forget that by highlighting such benefits of low-carbon (LED) solutions we should be able to accelerate the transition to a more resource efficient society where we enjoy to live, work and leisure in livable cities.
By: Harry Verhaar
Head of global Public & Government Affairs