Philips is to be first Patron Sponsor of International Year of Light

15 April 2014

Lighting solutions company Philips is to be the first Patron Sponsor of the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies (IYL 2015).

Philips is to be first Patron Sponsor of International Year of Light

Philips will work closely with the IYL 2015 Consortium on actions throughout 2015 to highlight the crucial role that light and light-based technologies play in improving the quality of people’s lives worldwide.

The company will take part in the IYL 2015 programme Study after Sunset, which will promote the use of portable solar-powered high-brightness LED lanterns in regions where there is little or no reliable source of light. The IYL steering committee says that more than 1.5 billion people experience darkness or the dim glow of an unhealthy kerosene lamp or candle at night-time, which has a marked impact on educational opportunities.

Philips will also play a leading role in round-table discussions on the need for innovative lighting solutions for energy efficiency and climate protection.

Harry Verhaar, head of global public and government affairs at Philips Lighting, said: “The transformative power of light is immense, as we have seen over the last 120 years of Philips’ history. The International Year of Light presents the opportunity to realise the potential of recent innovations in light to benefit people both socially and economically, while addressing global challenges like climate change.”

The IYL 2015 was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly and is the initiative of a consortium of scientific bodies with UNESCO as the lead agency. The IOP is one of the founding partners of the IYL 2015, which will also celebrate noteworthy anniversaries, from the first studies of optics 1000 years ago to discoveries in optical communications.

Maciej Nalecz, director of the international basic sciences programme at UNESCO’s HQ, said: “UNESCO is very keen to engage with private sector partners in its activities in areas of sustainability and development, and Philips Lighting is a natural partner of the International Year of Light.”

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