As part of its on-going commitment to support semi-urban and rural communities in Egypt, Philips Lighting Egypt inaugurated a ‘Community Light Center’ at the Salah El Din School in Ezebt El Hagganna. The Philips ‘Community Light Center’ is an area of approximately 1000m2 or the size of a small football pitch, which is lit using a new generation of energy efficient solar powered LED lighting.
The concept of the “Community Light Center” is to create areas of light for rural communities which live without electricity, thus effectively ‘extending the day’ using the power of the sun thus providing safety and security and enabling community life after dark.
Philips has committed to installing 100 “Community Light Centers” in off-grid areas across Africa by 2015, and this was the second installation in Egypt.
The Light Centre was inaugurated during the Cairo stop of Philips’ fifth consecutive pan-African Cairo to Cape Town roadshow (from 14 April to 3 September 2014) which continues to focus on key challenges facing Africa today – the need for energy-efficient lighting and the revitalization of African healthcare infrastructure. The roadshow specifically highlights the benefits of Philips’ LED and solar lighting solutions which offer energy efficient, cost effective and reliable on-and off-grid illumination.
“Africa is starting a new reliable solar powered LED lighting revolution which will save energy as well as provide lights for those without electricity,” said Tamer Abol Ghar, CEO, Philips Egypt and General Manager, Philips Lighting Egypt & Sudan. “Dramatic advances are being made in the efficiency of LED lighting and this is going to speed up social and economic development across the continent. Local reactions have been extremely positive after our first installation in Mokatam district of Cairo made in 2012. Philips’ aim is to create awareness for what is now possible. We are introducing the first generation of solar powered LED lighting solutions which can provide high quality, sustainable and reliable lighting for off-grid communities throughout Egypt and Africa,” he added.
The Philips ‘Community Light Center’ initiative also serves as a commitment to action by Philips in support of the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Sustainable Energy for All initiative. This initiative has one goal, sustainable energy for all, and three complimentary objectives, all to be achieved by 2030;
1.Ensure universal access to modern energy services,
2.Double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency and,
3.Double the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix
The United Nations, ‘Safe Cities Free from Violence against Women and Girls’, global initiative (operating in five cities including Cairo aimed at developing and testing model approaches to preventing sexual harassment and sexual violence), and the Royal Netherlands Football Association (KNVB) are collaborating with Philips on the Community Light Centre project at the Salah El Din School. An awareness session on energy saving techniques was conducted by Philips experts for local community students during the light centre inauguration.
This was followed by a football match between community youth in the presence of renowned international and local football players and coaches as part of the WorldCoaches programme of the KNVB. Attending international players and coaches included, Aron Winter, Pierre van Hooijdonk and Tarik Oulida. Philips is collaborating with KNVB in organizing a football tour during the Cairo to Cape Town roadshow during which some of the world’s most talented football legends will participate in matches under the solar-powered LED floodlights to highlight the role that football plays in uplifting a community.
Johan van Geijn, Coordinator – International CSR Projects for KNVB WorldCoaches stated, “The cooperation with Philips on the solar powered Community Lighting Centers enables the WorldCoaches programme to have more impact on the local community and to stretch the program to more rural communities – as football and life skills education will become an evening activity.”
Nearly 1.6 billion people worldwide have no access to electricity. At the same time, for people living near the equator, darkness falls at around 19.00 hours all year round, slowing down or completely stopping many vital tasks. The Philips “Community Light Center” aims to enhance life in communities through light. Philips and the local community were honoured by the presence of H.E. Galal Saeed, Governor of Cairo, who was the Guest of Honour at the inauguration of the Community Light Centre in Ezebt El Hagganna.
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