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$16.8 bn can be saved through energy efficient lighting.

Region could prevent 88 mn tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions, says Philips boss

Intelligent buildings employing automated control systems play a key role in promoting energy-efficient and economical lighting usage.

Ahmed Pauwels, CEO, Epoc Messe Frankfurt, 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."

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.

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 $ 16.88 billion a year, while globally the savings would be $ 155.45 billion."

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

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