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Philips says eur 51 bn in electricity costs can be saved


Thursday, December 07, 2006

Switch from old to new lighting solutions will help reach Kyoto commitments

Brussels, Belgium – At an energy efficiency forum in Brussels, Royal Philips Electronics (NYSE:PHG, AEX:PHI) today announced a number of energy efficient lighting solutions which could significantly reduce costs, save energy and cut CO2 emissions. In view of the rising demand for energy and imminent climate change, Philips believes that by just switching from old to new technology, massive savings could be made: EUR 51 bn in electricity cost per year, 273 million tons of CO2 emissions per year, 800 million barrels of oil, or the output of more than 265 power plants*.

In view of this, Philips thinks the time is right and momentum is there to globally prepare for a switch-over from incandescent bulbs to energy saving bulbs, over time. Today, at an energy efficiency forum in Brussels, Philips is starting this initiative in Europe by calling for a collective action between the lighting industry, governments and NGOs. Philips thinks the switch-over in Europe could happen within a time frame of 10 years.

“Light consumes about 19% of electricity, and the majority of light bulbs are based on old, energy inefficient technology,” says Theo van Deursen, CEO of Philips Lighting. “We are increasingly seeing new lighting solutions being installed in road lighting and office buildings, and we now want to take the lead in accelerating the switch in the home by calling for collective action. Today we start this initiative in Europe, where we think the switch-over could take place within 10 years, and we will follow up with other regions taking into account regional differences and developments.”

The traditional, incandescent light bulbs are very energy inefficient because 95% of the energy consumed is wasted as heat. As approximately 80% of all lighting in the home is still using incandescent light bulbs, the collective energy waste is enormous. By switching to new technology, an indirect CO2 reduction of 20 million tons in Europe alone could be achieved. For the consumers at home, switching from incandescent bulbs to energy saving light bulb could achieve savings of up to EUR 12 per light bulb per year.

In addition to the energy efficient light bulbs available today, Philips has also announced a new generation of retrofit halogen bulbs, called Edore. These halogen bulbs offer clear crisp lighting quality and save 50% energy when compared to incandescent bulbs.

Philips’ LED solutions are also available today that can alter the atmosphere in the home by offering a broad pallet of colors from which to choose. Such solid-state and LED lighting offer the promise of even greater energy savings in the future.

* 2TWh/yr

About Royal Philips Electronics

Royal Philips Electronics of the Netherlands (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHI) is a global leader in healthcare, lifestyle and technology, delivering products, services and solutions through the brand promise of “sense and simplicity”. Headquartered in the Netherlands, Philips employs approximately 126,000 employees in more than 60 countries worldwide. With sales of EUR 30.4 billion in 2005, the company is a market leader in medical diagnostic imaging and patient monitoring systems, energy efficient lighting solutions, personal care and home appliances, as well as consumer electronics. News from Philips is located at

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