Thursday, 22 September 2016

World Council on City Data and Philips Lighting embark on Foundation Partnership to promote improved energy efficiency in cities


Philips Lighting and the World Council on City Data (WCCD) have established a Foundation Partnership, providing a platform to demonstrate the enormous potential for cities to raise economic performance and capture significant environmental and social benefits through improved energy efficiency.

The partnership agreement was signed on stage at the opening of Climate Week NYC 2016 by Eric Rondolat, CEO, Philips Lighting and Patricia McCarney, WCCD President and CEO.

This Foundation Partnership will promote the role that ISO-standardized city data can play in driving the rapid market adoption of high-efficiency energy solutions, which will be critical if cities around the world are to achieve their ambitious greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets. For example, a global transformation to LED-based lighting would reduce global electricity consumption for lighting by more than 45% and avoid 660 million tonnes of CO2 emissions per year.

An initial priority of the partnership will be to work together to identify priority indicators for city-level energy efficiency and public lighting performance and testing these indicators in collaboration with leading cities in the WCCD network.

WCCD and Philips Lighting will also collaborate on a number of international events in 2016-17, including the WCCD Global Cities Summit in Dubai, encouraging a global dialogue on how ISO standardized city data demonstrate the diverse range of benefits for cities in pursuing smart and sustainable energy and lighting solutions.

Harry Verhaar, Head Public and Government Affairs at Philips Lighting said: “As cities hold the key to achieving the Paris climate goals, the need for data to support progress in cities has never been greater. We are pleased to join hands with the World Council on City Data to help cities as they strive towards a resilient, low-carbon future. Energy efficient LED lighting plays an important role in reducing energy bills and carbon emissions while improving cities safety and livability."

Dr. Patricia McCarney, President and CEO of the WCCD also expressed her views on the exciting potential for the new Foundation Partnership between the two organizations. “For a number of years now, Phillips Lighting has been a key supporter in the work that culminated in the WCCD’s ISO 37120 standard. Their keen insight in the realm of energy efficiency will play a pivotal role in moving forward the WCCD’s goal of creating the smart, sustainable, resilient, prosperous and inclusive cities of tomorrow.”

For more information, please contact:

James Patava (WCCD)
+14169662368 –

Notes to Editors:

The World Council on City Data (WCCD) (www.dataforcities.org) coordinates all efforts on open city data to ensure a consistent and comprehensive platform for standardized urban metrics. As a global leader on standardized indicators, the WCCD is also leading the efforts on global implementation of ISO 37120 – the first international standard on sustainable cities. The WCCD has created the first certification system and Global Cities Registry™ for ISO 37120.  WCCD Certification and Registration for ISO 37120 enables cities to participate in the WCCD Open Data Portal for comparative data analytics and informed decision making. The WCCD is a global hub for creative learning partnerships across cities, international organizations, corporate partners, and academia to further innovation, envision alternative futures, and build better and more livable cities. 

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