Energy Savings Of Aed 62 Billion A Year In The Middle East And Africa Possible With Use Of New Lighting Systems According To Philips

Published September 22nd, 2010 - 09:33 GMT

The increasing number of intelligent buildings employing automated control systems plays a key role in promoting energy-efficient and economical lighting usage according to officials of trade show organisers Epoc Messe Frankfurt GmbH.

Ahmed Pauwels, Chief Executive Officer of the organisers of Light Middle East, the leading trade event for urban, architectural, and theatrical lighting solutions in the region, said: "Something many people are unaware of is that buildings are responsible for consuming 40 per cent of total primary energy. There are many ways in which this can be decreased in order to reduce bills and also be kinder to the environment."

Ms Jessica Minton, Senior Show Manager, Light Middle East, added: "High standards of insulation, modern household equipment and the use of efficient technology for heating, air-conditioning and lighting are just a few of the methods for reducing energy consumption. As the key to energy-efficient operations, building automation systems not only optimise and control the various functions but also increase the well-being of users."

The basis of these systems are intelligent products that can communicate with each other such as intelligent control systems that allow decentralised networking of relevant applications and regulatory systems. "Also with the easy to use interfaces, automation allows for lower operating costs of electrical and lighting systems," Ms Minton continued.

According to Eduardo Mataix, Chairman of Philips Lighting in the Middle East, "using energy efficient lighting in the Middle East and Africa could result in potential savings of AED 62 billion (US$ 16.88 billion a year), while globally the savings would be AED 571 billion (US$ 155.45 billion)".

"The Middle East and Africa could prevent 88 million tonnes of CO2 emissions a year, or save 198 million barrels of oil a year, with the adoption of energy-efficient lighting systems", he also added.

Amongst products and services to be demonstrated at Light Middle East will be the latest in professional automation systems. The exhibition takes place at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre from October 31 to November 2, 2010.

Philips who is one of the prominent exhibitors at this year's Light Middle East, will create awareness about the considerable energy savings and efficiency that could be realised by switching from old lighting technology such as incandescent lamps to power conserving alternatives.

According to the research conducted by Philips, around 13 billion incandescent lamps have been sold world-wide, of which 75% were meant for use in homes. The global installed base is still 75% incandescent lighting versus 25% energy saving units, but simply switching from incandescent lighting technologies would result in an average saving of 70%.

Philips is also hosting a forum on the third day of the trade show. The Philips Educational LED and Exhibitor Experts' Forum will give exhibiting companies the opportunity to educate the visitors on the showfloor about their activities in the areas of innovative lighting control methods, user interface design controls, success factors and trends in LED lighting, dynamic lighting and eco-friendly lighting solutions. The focus is specifically on innovations and solutions relevant to the Middle East region replacing traditional product demonstration presentations. 

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