Signify, the world leader in lighting behind the Philips brand, has achieved carbon neutrality in five more markets—specifically ASEAN, Far East, India, Indonesia, and Pacific—boosting its number of markets with carbon-neutral operations to 15 out of a total of 19.
This brings Signify a big step closer towards achieving 100-percent carbon-neutral operations in 2020, one of the goals of its “Brighter Lives, Better World” sustainability program.
Signify in the Philippines joins its counterparts in stepping up on energy efficiency, renewable energy consumption, and office space optimization. As a result, it contributed toward the achievement of the overall reduction in carbon emissions by 19 percent in 2019.
This includes a reduction of 33 percent from non-industrial sites, 17 percent from industrial sites, 32 percent from business travel and 18 percent from logistics. For instance, instead of air transport, the Signify team in the Philippines actively deploys team collaboration technologies for cross-border projects with colleagues from multiple time zones.
While keeping an eye on delivery commitments, the team also consistently reviews with its distribution channels on how frequency and routes can be optimized made to further lower carbon footprint in the supply chain.
Signify offsets its remaining emissions through contributions to projects that have a positive environmental and social impact, including small- to medium-sized wind farms in India and a hydro plant in Vietnam that operates without using a dam.
“I’m extremely proud of the relentless commitment of all our employees that resulted in this great milestone, showing that carbon neutrality is possible and that it is possible today,” said Signify Philippines country manager Jagan Srinivasan.
“We hope that our achievements inspire other companies around us, and we call upon them to join initiatives that will result in global carbon neutrality by 2050,” he said.