Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - June 20, Governor Arnold
Schwarzenegger, sustainability legend Gro Harlem
Brundtland, Media guru and philanthropist Ted Turner and
150 VIP guests celebrated the concrete outcome at Rio+20:
The launch of Sustainia100. Philips is proud to announce
that CityTouch LED street lighting has been chosen for this
prestigious list of solutions.
'Lighting with Intelligence' is the future of sustainable
city lighting. Philips' innovative CityTouch solution
allows dynamic, intelligent and flexible control of street
lighting. It provides light precisely at the right time and
place, and in the required amount. Light operators can dim
light points throughout the city outside of peak hours,
detect failures and provide smart lighting workflow
support. CityTouch's LED technology achieves up to 70%
savings in energy and maintenance compared to conventional
lighting. Less tangible aspects of urban life, such as
social cohesion, pride and identity, are also impacted by
CityTouch by dimming or illuminating specific
"Over half of the global population currently lives in
urban areas; a figure that is expected to rise to over 70%
by 2050. It is easy to see that these rising urban
populations have other demands and needs for lighting,"
says Marc de Jong, CEO Philips Professional Lighting
Solutions. "Our LED lighting solutions for cities that are
created in public-private partnerships, generate energy
savings, but also enhance the quality of life in these
cities, making them safer, better connected and more
desirable places to live and work."
"Science has long provided a body of knowledge that covers
the huge and vast potential of sustainable solutions," says
dr. Rajendra Pachauri, Chairman UN's Intergovernmental
Panel on Climate Change With Sustainia. "We now have a
platform that communicates this potential in a clear and
comprehensive manner to a broad audience of politicians and
corporations as well as civil society. Sustainia makes
science easier to understand for a larger group of people,
which is just what we need to meet the challenges ahead."
Gathered from 56 countries spread over six continents,
Sustainia100 is a complete guide to innovative and scalable
solutions instrumental in creating sustainable societies.
Building on ready and available solutions only,
Sustainia100 is as a tangible tool for sustainability
professionals - from politicians to CEOs- dedicated to
create desirable and sustainable societies.
Individually, the solutions represent sustainable
innovation in areas such as city planning, energy, fashion,
water and waste management, high-tech and transportation.
Collectively, they provide a guide of the building blocks
available for transforming our societies.
Sustainia100 is a cornerstone in Sustainia. A construction
site for the desirable society we could live in if we
implemented ready and available solutions. Developed by
world-leading companies, organizations and experts in close
collaboration with UN Global Compact and Governor Arnold
Schwarzenegger's initiative Regions20, Sustainia is the
first holistic introduction to the attractive sustainable
Sustainia100 solutions are nominees for the Sustainia
Award, which honors outstanding performance within
sustainability. The winner will be announced at a ceremony
later this year in Copenhagen.
About Royal Philips Electronics
Royal Philips Electronics of the Netherlands (NYSE:
PHG, AEX: PHI) is a diversified health and well-being
company, focused on improving people's lives through
meaningful innovation. As a world leader in healthcare,
lifestyle and lighting, Philips integrates technologies
and design into people-centric solutions, based on
fundamental customer insights and the brand promise of
"sense and simplicity." Headquartered in the Netherlands,
Philips employs approximately 122,000 employees with
sales and services in more than 100 countries worldwide.
With sales of EUR 22.6 billion in 2011, the company is a
market leader in cardiac care, acute care and home
healthcare, energy efficient lighting solutions and new
lighting applications, as well as lifestyle products for
personal well-being and pleasure with strong leadership
positions in male shaving and grooming, portable
entertainment and oral healthcare.www.philips.com/newscenter.