This Saturday between 8.30pm and 9.30pm the World Wildlife Fund is again encouraging businesses, organisations and people to switch off their lights and non-essential appliances to raise awareness of climate change. Now in its tenth year, the movement involves more than 100 countries and millions of people. Thousands of landmarks and building will be taking part including Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, Big Ben, the Empire State Building, the Eiffel Tower and the Sydney Opera House.
But the hour is only the start. It is about more than just a symbolic support for climate change and saving electricity during that hour. The hope is that this visible display will put a spotlight on the issues facing our planet, spark conversation and most importantly inspire millions across the world to live more sustainably. Remember even small changes can have a positive impact. Why not consider reducing your waste and recycling more, making more effort to use public transport or walk rather than jumping in the car or save energy and money by swapping to LED lightbulbs?
Making such changes can be good for your pocket as well as the planet. Sustainability is embedded within the Philips Lighting DNA and we believe that it makes excellent business sense. Through our sustainability programme Brighter Lives Better World we’ve made a commitment to make our operations carbon neutral and to generate 80% of our revenues from sustainable products, systems and services by 2020. Ambitious targets but we are working hard to deliver on them, as accelerating the shift to energy efficient lighting and achieving a global transition to LED technology could bring energy savings of 53% by 2030. So this weekend we urge you to identify a lifestyle change – big or small – that you can make and go beyond switching the lights off.