Osram Speaks During the UN Climate Conference
As a member of the en.lighten-Initiative, Osram addressed the need to save
energy and reduce carbon dioxide emissions via efficient lighting during two
podium discussions. The United Nations organised the discussions as part of the
‘Sustainable Energy For All’ platform.
“LED lighting solutions save power and therefore reduce greenhouse gas emissions,
and they’re not only environmentally-friendly but also economic. In most situations,
costs for upgrading to LED lighting are paid back rapidly due to lower electricity costs,”
stated Dr. Eladia Pulido, CEO of the Osram Lighting Solutions business unit. Dr. Pulido
took part in the podium discussion concerning “Energy Efficiency – The Game Changer”
during the UN climate conference COP21 in Paris. Christophe Richon, Strategic
Marketing Osram Lighting Solutions, also held a talk as part of the accompanying
technical forum of the ADEME (French agency for environment and energy
management) about “LED Streetlighting Solutions – An easy Switch for Cities”.
Osram has been a founding member of the en.lighten Initiative since 2010. En.lighten is
a public-private partnership in cooperation with the environmental program of the United
Nations (UNEP) and the GEF (Global Environment Facility). The initiative supports
developing and emerging countries in their more rapid transformation to energy-efficient
lighting, and already has 66 partner countries. As a consequence, the en.lighten
Initiative reaches around one billion people with energy-efficient lighting strategies.
According to UNEP estimates, an immediate upgrade to LED could halve global power
consumption for lighting ‘overnight’ and therefore slash associated annual carbon
dioxide emissions by 735 million tons. Lighting currently contributes by approximately
15% to total electricity consumption. More efficient lighting is also an important aspect
with regard to climate change, an approach actively supported by Osram. The company
on the one hand develops sustainable, innovative, efficient and intelligent lighting
solutions enabling energy and valuable resources to be saved, and on the other its
commitment to the en.lighten Initiative for example is aimed at the rapid, wide-area
implementation of new, more energy-efficient technologies and solutions.
Dr. Eladia Pulido (mid), CEO Osram Lighting Solutions, spoke as part of the podium
discussion about “Energy Efficiency – The Game Changer”.