Philips Lighting has announced the purchase of traceable renewable electricity from Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in Dubai. Through collaboration with ECOHZ, Philips Lighting is among the first international companies to secure its renewable energy consumption in the Gulf region using the pioneering International REC Standard.
I-REC is a global standard for documenting renewable energy consumption used in regions where no similar documentation scheme exists. It is available in a growing number of countries and meets the robust criteria from RE100 – The Climate Group and CDP’s global initiative for influential businesses committed to 100% renewable power.
The renewable energy certificates will be issued by the Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence (Dubai Carbon) that has recently been appointed as the local I-REC issuer for the United Arab Emirates.
“If we look around us, we see an ever increasing need for more energy. Through the sales of our energy-efficient lighting, we contribute to reducing lighting’s share of all global electricity consumption from the current 15% level to 8% in 2030. However, this alone is not enough. To keep our planet on course with the Paris agreement to mitigate climate change, we must fully switch to renewable sources of electricity. Partnering with ECOHZ enables us to keep to our part in this fiduciary duty,” says Nicola Kimm, head of sustainability, environment, health & safety at Philips Lighting.
Earlier this year, Dubai Municipality has signed a contract with Philips Lighting for the design, manufacture and supply of Dubai Lamp, to be made available in the Dubai market by the end of this year.