- Client: Philips Lighting Iberia
- Location: Madrid (Spain)
- Year: 2013
- Project lighting: Philips Lighting Iberia, Anese, Creara y Ecodes
- Products and services: Solution by Energy Service Company, LED lighting and DALI Control System
Lighting accounts for 25% – 30% of all energy use in an office building. In spite of this, almost 80% of all Spanish business network systems are inefficient.
On top of the extra costs, this generates a power consumption that leads to the emission of gaseous pollutants into the atmosphere.
True to its commitment to energy savings, Philips Ibérica has refurbished the lighting system installation of its office building in Madrid which, untill now, was only equipped with luminaries, fluorescent and halogen lamps. Philips is fully commited to delivering energy-saving solution that are both convenient and profitable for its customers.
Philips pushed the boundaries a little bit further by providing its offices in Madrid with the ZeroCO2 seal.
The time and especially the money invested in finding the most efficient solution for each particular case deters the vast majority of customers from even considering the retrofitting of their existing lighting system.
In delegating the refurbishing of luminaries and the energy management of its headquarters in Madrid with the hiring of an Energy Service Company (ESCO), Philips reinforces its commitment to the ESCO model by updating and improving its office lighting, increasing its energy savings, reducing its footprint whilst not having to worry about energy management. All this at zero cost.
Alejandro Pérez Ayo, the Manager of CREARA, the Energy Efficiency Consulting Firm responsible for the change in Philips’ offices, defines clearly which role its ESCO will play in the coming years: “We were delegated all actions related to the energy management of the building’s lighting in order to attain the triple aim: Improving efficiency and service quality, reducing lighting cost and lowering the resulting polluting emissions.”
“The contract follows the ESCO model that offers guaranteed savings and sets an ambitious goal of 60% of energy used for lighting compared to the previous situation. In addition, we will measure and verify energy savings by monitoring consumptions according to the EVO Protocol.”
Furthermore, Elena González, the Chairperson of the Energy Service Company Association (ANESE by its Spanish acronym), stresses the fact that Philips, without hesitation, has set an example and has strongly supported an ESCO as the solution to improve the energy system of buildings across the country:
“With this project, Philips confirms that Energy Service Companies are the most efficient tool to assure energy savings, reduce costs and enhance our companies competitiveness.”
Upon signing an Energy Performance Contract (EPC) with CREARA, a LED solution was implemented in the offices Philips Ibérica has in Madrid. Included in the solution is the verification and monitoring of the contract while it is in force with no investment by Philips whatsoever.
Taking into account that we have always prioritised a comfortable and healthy environment, as well as one that complies with the Technical Building Code, we have also installed LED PowerBalance luminaries combined with the DALI control system. These control systems are equipped with an automatic on-off-switch control with presence detectors and the option to dim luminaries in close proximity to windows for daylight harvesting. Additional energy savings of up to 55% over the hired power can be obtained with these features which maximize the efficiency of lighting systems.
“Companies and organizations can obtain about 80% reduction in electricity consumption by replacing conventional luminaries with LED luminaries, which not only results in economic savings, but also in a reduced carbon footprint.”
“To rely on an Energy Service Company is an
excellent way to overcome the barriers related
to the initial investment needed to tackle the
For this purpose, ECODES and Philips put
forward, not only the replacement of conventional
luminaries with LED luminaries, but also the
compensation of CO2 emissions of the new
lighting system in projects verified by international
standards, thereby achieving a ZeroCO2 lighting.”
With this change, the installed power has decreased from almost 21kW to 7 kW which accounts for 67% of power reduction. Yet, lighting levels of those offices that, on the other hand, increased their luminosity by 30% were not penalised. In addition, this luminary also features a colour rendering index (CRI) and a colour temperature similar to daylight, creating a more comfortable working environment than the previous one whose lighting only worked with fluorescent and halide lamps.
“The contract follows the ESCO’s model that offers guaranteed savings and sets an ambitious goal of 60% of lighting energy use compared to the previous situation” said Pérez Arroyo who is aware of the importance of savings to compensate and make their work for Philips profitable.
Furthermore, Philips pushed the boundaries a little bit further by providing its offices in Madrid with the CeroCO2 seal (Zero CO2). The CO2 emissions of the new lighting systems are compensated in projects verified by the international standards set by the initiative CeroCO2 (www.ceroco2.org).
Cecilia Foronda, head of climate change and energy at ECODES, encourages others to follow Philips’ example: “Energy use from lighting will still exist, no matter what, and, therefore its carbon footprint. For this reason, ECODES and Philips propose, not only the replacement of conventional luminaries with LEDs, but the compensation of CO2 emissions.”