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Innovation as Enabler of a Healthier, More Sustainable WorldHarry Verhaar, Head of Global Public & Government Affairs, Philips Lighting Our world is facing significant challenges: population growth and aging, rising healthcare costs, unprecedented urbanisation, and serious resource constraints, to name just a few. To address these challenges we urgently need to step up the pursuit and adoption of both social and ecological innovation, as well as clean, smart, people-focused solutions. On the social innovation side, aging societies, the rise of chronic and lifestyle-related diseases and scarcity of medical personnel are putting healthcare systems worldwide under tremendous pressure. Innovation throughout the care cycle contributes to healthcare systems that are accessible, affordable and more sustainable. On the ecological innovation side it is necessary to address the resource constraints the world is facing. A shift from our current linear society (optimised toward lowest initial cost, with progress measured by GDP) to a "circular society" (with quality of life as the key indicator), is a vital area of innovation. In a circular society, new business models are applied with innovative (re-)use of resources, creating a competitive economy centered on resource effectiveness. We have often seen how difficult it is for national governments to arrive at practicable global agreements. For social and ecological innovation to gain momentum, such top-down drivers of change must be complemented by a bottom-up sectoral approach, in which public and private partners join forces to advance the common good. A good example is the lighting industry, where inspired by Philips leadership, the industry sector is working in the global switch to energy efficient lighting. In addition, the en.lighten Public Private Partnership between UNEP, the Global Environmental Facility, Philips, Osram and NLTC to promote the adoption of efficient lighting in developing and emerging countries, has created a virtual global sectoral market transition. Hopefully, the en.lighten initiative will not only deliver a lasting carbon reduction and sustainable development contribution, but will also inspire other sectors such as building, transport and power generation to follow suit with bottom-up sectoral approaches.INNOVATION AT PHILIPSWith a mission to improve the quality of life through meaningful innovations, and the vision to strive for a healthier and more sustainable world, Philips provides solutions in a number of areas that are central to social and ecological innovation:n Energy: Lighting accounts for 19 per cent of the world's electricity consumption. Significant savings are possible - on average 40 per cent - by switching to energy-efficient lighting solutions. On a global level, these savings amount to ?128 billion in reduced electricity cost, 670 million tons of CO2, or the equivalent of 642 power plants. Philips is driving the lighting industry's transition toward energy-efficient lighting, particularly LED lighting, and we aim to improve the energy efficiency of all the products we bring to market by 50 per cent in the period from 2010 to 2015. LED lighting also offers exceptional freedom in terms of controlled lighting effect - colour, dynamics and design. This is driving a shift from "quantitative" functional lighting towards "qualitative" intelligent and emotive lighting that transforms environments, ? Pictured: Philips solutions for energy, materials recycling (plastics in the vacuum cleaner), food productivity (horticultural lighting), water purification and healthcare" In a circular society, new business models are applied with innovative (re-)use of resources"020 industry intro

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