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PHILIPS LIGHTING COMPANY DELIVERS ADDRESS ON ENERGY EFFICIENCY TO INTERNATIONAL MAYOR'S SUMMIT AT THE UNITED NATIONS

 NEW YORK, Jan. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Vice president of research and development for Philips Lighting, Dr. Dale Work, spoke today before a group of 60 mayors from around the world on the issue of energy- efficient lighting and its role in controlling climate change in the urban environment. Work presented at the Municipal Leaders Summit on Climate Change and the Urban Environment at the United Nations.
 A primary goal of the international summit is to identify products and technologies that will help the world's urban environments control climate change. Philips Lighting, one of only five corporate sponsors of the summit, was invited to discuss the issues of lighting and the environment.
 "As lighting consumes approximately 40 percent of the total electricity used in the business world, it is a natural target for energy and environmental conservation measures. Through energy efficient lighting, the cities of the world can dramatically reduce the amount of carbon dioxide, and the oxides of nitrogen and sulfur released into the environment. These gases are the primary culprits of climate change and acid rain," Work said.
 Work urged today's urban leaders to use the most advanced and innovative technologies to help solve their climate change concerns. "Rapid and dramatic advances in lighting technology are occurring at companies like Philips Lighting. These innovations present people all over the globe with products that can improve our environment."
 By outfitting new facilities and retro-fitting older ones with newer energy-efficient lighting, urban municipalities can significantly reduce their energy usage and costs. This not only helps the municipality by reducing energy bills, it helps the community by decreasing the demand for energy, and the unwanted by-products of energy production.
 "Philips Lighting, the world's largest lighting company, has been responsible for many of these recent innovations, and is active on all fronts, including lamps, housings, circuits, applications and technical support. We feel a responsibility not only to you, but to ourselves, to provide just enough light of the right quality, delivered in just the right way and in the right places to promote productivity and energy efficiency," Work said.
 Philips Lighting's sponsorship of the environmental summit continues its support of measures which encourage use of energy-efficient lighting systems that perform without sacrifices in visual quality, lamp life and overall cost benefits. Over the next three years, the National Energy Security Act, which was signed into law last October, will require significant changes in lighting in millions of commercial and industrial facilities throughout the United States. Philips Lighting supports the national act.
 Government officials at the summit also discussed a worldwide "master contract" that creates a collective of international municipalities and purchases energy-efficient products in aggregate, then distributes them to member municipalities. As a leader in energy- efficient lighting products, such as the Earth Light compact fluorescent collection, QL Induction lamps and Masterline lamps, Philips Lighting has a broad range of energy-efficient products to offer municipalities throughout the world.
 Headquartered in Somerset, N.J., Philips Lighting markets more than 4,000 lamp types to retail, commercial, consumer and original equipment (OEM) markets. Philips Lighting employs more than 5,000 people in over 35 manufacturing, sales and distribution facilities throughout the United States.
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 /CONTACT: Alan Mangelsdorf of Ketchum Public Relations, 212-536-8756, for Philips Lighting/


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