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Davos upgrades lighting ahead of WEF meeting

Signify and Elektron have so far replaced 500 of the 1,000 streetlights with energy-efficient LEDs and connected 250 of those to its wireless lighting system.

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 Davos is working towards an energy saving of 72,300 kWh per year
Davos is working towards an energy saving of 72,300 kWh per year

The Swiss city of Davos is working towards an energy saving of 72,300 kWh per year by updating 1,000 streetlights with energy-efficient LEDs.

 

This week, Davos will host business and political leaders from around the world during the World Economic Forum (WEF). Ahead of the annual meeting, 900 light fixtures were also upgraded at the congress centre.

 

Carbon emissions

 

This measure is expected to save an additional 50,000 kWh in energy per year and reduce the congress centre’s carbon emissions by 28 tons per year, a reduction of 82 per cent.

 

In Davos’ streets, Signify and its long-standing partner Elektron have so far replaced 500 of the 1,000 streetlights with energy-efficient LEDs and linked 250 of those to Interact City cloud-based, wireless connected lighting system.

 

According to Signify, Interact City enables remote management of the streetlighting infrastructure, including individual and grouped control over the streetlights with a few clicks, allowing the operator to easily maintain an overview even with large numbers of lights.

 

The city plans to complete the installation in five to ten years.

 

“Signify [has been] a regular participant in the World Economic Forum at the congress centre here in Davos for many years. That is why [it] came to us and helped us realise how much of an improvement the switch to LEDs would be,” said Tarzisius Caviezel, mayor of Davos. “Both upgrades are a major step in our ambitions to answer the global call for sustainable measures.”

 

Signify donated new generations of Philips GreenSpace Accent projectors, Philips LuxSpace accent downlights, Philips GreenSpace compact downlights and Philips Master LED spots.

 

“This really needs to be the tipping point as we enter the decade of climate action and start our race to the future.”

 

In addition, the entire light control system was replaced and prepared to meet the congress centre’s future requirements while remaining fully compatible with the current building management system, said Signify.

 

“We’re very happy that the city that hosts the world’s leaders every year is taking such a major step forward,” said Eric Rondolat, CEO of Signify.

 

Circular economy

 

“It’s encouraging to see this next move, but the world leaders that are gathered here this week should take note and realise that much more needs to be done if we want to achieve a carbon neutral world by 2050, at the very latest. This really needs to be the tipping point as we enter the decade of climate action and start our race to the future.”

 

Rondolat continued: “Our current economic model of take-make-waste is not sustainable. A switch to a circular economy is a key weapon in the fight against climate change. It will allow us to extend the use of materials and avoid destroying resources – unlocking economic value.”

 

The EU calculated that a switch to a circular economy could result in net economic benefits of €1.8 trillion by 2030, which translates into a GDP increase of as much as seven percentage points.

 

The World Economic Forum’s 50th Annual Meeting, being held 21-24 January, will be climate-neutral for the fourth consecutive year, with new initiatives to boost resource efficiency and reduce emissions.

 

Building on its 2018 ISO 20121 certification for sustainable event management, the Forum is working to make Davos one of the most sustainable international summits in four key areas of emissions, materials, food and transport.

 

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