“We recognize that preserving our energy resources will be one of the greatest challenges in our drive towards sustainable development. This, however, will not materialize unless the different facets of our society adopt energy conservation principles in their core values. The future generation will be the chief beneficiary of our achievements and the best judge of what we accomplish in this field.”
HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum,
Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai
Dubai, UAE – In presence of His Excellency Dr. Rashid Ahmed Mohammed Bin Fahad, Minister of Environment and Water, Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) today with the Dubai Municipality to support the transformation of the Municipality’s 262 buildings from conventional lighting infrastructure to energy efficient LED based solutions. As part of Dubai Municipality’s long-term vision to build ‘an excellent city that provides the essence of success and comfort of sustainable living’ the LED transformation project will help the municipality to reduce its energy consumption from lighting by more than 50%, leading to lower energy costs and a reduction in its carbon footprint.
The agreement was duly signed by Eng. Hussain Nasser Lootah, Director General of Dubai Municipality and Mr. Eric Rondolat, Chief Executive Officer, Philips Lighting.
“The Dubai Municipality has pledged to reduce its energy consumption by 20% over the next three years, and we can do so by adopting innovative solutions, such as LED lighting. Becoming more energy efficient will help us protect and sustain our environment for generations to come,” said Mr. Hussain Nasser Lootah, Director General of Dubai Municipality. “We are pleased to take this next step with Philips as they share our vision and have provided a solution that meets the needs of the growing city.”
LED lighting solutions allow for greater control providing the right amount of light where and when it is needed, enabling municipalities to save energy and maintenance costs whilst also making buildings more attractive. Dubai Municipality has the opportunity to save up to 50% or 10.5GWh year on its energy consumption and 6,200 tons of C02 emissions per year, across its 262 buildings when it converts from conventional lighting to LED.
“Philips is proud to partner with the Dubai Municipality, as together we will shape a healthier and more sustainable future for residents in the city,” said Eric Rondolat, Chief Executive Officer, Philips Lighting. “As a leader in light, Philips will continue to shape the future with ground-breaking lighting technological innovation, such as LED that will enable Dubai Municipality to meet its ambitions.”
Eng. Lootah reconfirmed the Municipality’s eagerness to keep abreast of global developments in various areas of city administration in line with its sustainability policy in the Emirate of Dubai in the fields of green buildings, the development of the municipality’s strategic vision; and to ensure smooth integration with the strategic plan of Dubai; and comes as part of Dubai Municipality’s long-term vision to build ‘an excellent city that provides the essence of success and comfort of sustainable living’.
The aspiration is to complete the transformation over a three-year period, during which Philips will also provide on-site education and training on implementing energy efficiency projects.