Green Innovation

Green Innovation is the Research & Development spend related to the development of new generations of Green Products and Green Technologies. We announced in 2010 our plan to invest a cumulative EUR 2 billion in Green Innovation during the coming 5 years. In 2013 Philips invested some EUR 509 million in Green Innovation, with the strongest contribution from Lighting mainly stemming from investments in LED.


Philips Healthcare develops innovative solutions across the continuum of care in collaborating with clinicians and customers to improve patient outcomes, provide better value, and expand access to care. While doing so, we take into account all Green Focal Areas and aim to reduce environmental impact over the total lifecycle, with a focus on energy efficiency and dose reduction. Healthcare investments in Green Innovation in 2013 amounted to EUR 80 million, a significant decrease compared with 2012. This can be attributed to a number of significant Healthcare projects which were completed in 2012. Other areas covered include increased levels of recycled content in our products, remote servicing and closing the materials loop, e.g. through upgrading strategies, parts harvesting and refurbishing programs as well as reducing environmentally relevant substances from our products. Philips Healthcare actively supports a voluntary industry initiative (COCIR) for improving the energy efficiency of imaging equipment. Moreover, we are actively partnering with care providers to look together for innovative ways to reduce the environmental impact of healthcare, for example by optimizing energy efficient use of medical equipment.

Consumer Lifestyle 

Green Innovation at Consumer Lifestyle amounted to EUR 75 million compared to EUR 70 million in 2012 and resulted in an increase in Green Product sales in all Business Groups. The sector continued its work on improving the energy efficiency of its products, closing the materials loop (e.g. by using recycled materials in products and packaging) and the voluntary phase-out of polyvinyl chloride (PVC), brominated flame retardants (BFR) and Bisphenol A (BPA) from food contact products. In particular, more than 80% of the shaving and grooming products are completely PVC/BFR-free.


At Lighting, we strive to make the world healthier and more sustainable through energy-efficient lighting solutions. In 2013 Lighting invested EUR 327 million in line with EUR 325 million in 2012 to develop products and solutions that address environmental and social challenges. Investments are made to advance the LED revolution, which can substantially reduce carbon dioxide emissions (by switching from inefficient to energy-efficient lighting). Recent examples include the TLED and the Philips LUXEON Altilon product family in the Mercedes S-class Intelligent Lighting System, making this the first car in which all lighting functions are LED. Furthermore, Lighting has developed solutions for water purification, solar LEDs for rural and urban locations, and LED solutions for agricultural applications supporting biodiversity.

Philips Group Innovation

Philips Group Innovation invested EUR 27 million in Green Innovations, spread over projects focused on global challenges related to water, air, waste, energy, food and access to affordable healthcare. Group Innovation deployed the Sustainable Innovations Assessment tool in which innovation projects are mapped, categorized and scored along the environmental and social dimension to identify those innovation projects that drive sustainable innovation. One example of a Group Innovation project is related to low cost solar-powered LED lighting.

When the sun sets in Africa, over 600 million people on the continent rely on kerosene and candles to see in the dark. For most of the population who are at the Base of the Pyramid (BoP) these lighting solutions remain costly, give only low illumination and are highly non-sustainable. The BoP comprises four billion people living in our world today, and in the poorest socio-economic group. We engaged directly with BoP consumers in some of the poorest areas of Africa to understand their needs for lighting and energy and how they wish to use that light. The insights derived from these studies have resulted in a re-design of our entire portfolio of solar lighting for the consumer. At the same time the new products take advantage of the very latest developments in LED, solar panels and battery technology, resulting in a portfolio that is flexible in use-case, has a high performance, is robust and long lasting. All this is provided at price-points that match the spending power of the target consumers with a payback time within 3-6 months.

Energy efficiency of products

Energy efficiency is a key Green Focal Area for our Green Products. About 97% of the energy consumed during the use phase of our products is attributable to Lighting products, according to our analysis. The remaining 3% is split over Consumer Lifestyle and Healthcare. Therefore, we focus on the energy efficiency of our Lighting products in the calculation. The annual energy consumption per product category is calculated by multiplying the power consumption of a product by the average annual operating hours and the annual pieces sold and then dividing the light output (lumens) by the energy consumed (watts). The average energy efficiency of our total product portfolio improved some 2% in 2013 (19% compared to 2009).

In 2013 LED sales continued to advance well, but demand for conventional lighting remained fairly stable due to the challenging economic environment. Since the number of traditional lamps sold is significantly higher than LEDs, the energy efficiency improvement of the total Lighting portfolio in 2013 was limited. As the traditional incandescent lamp will be banned in more countries, we expect the energy efficiency improvement to advance in the coming years. Our target for 2015 is a 50% improvement compared to the 2009 baseline. In this target setting, assumptions were made on the speed of the regulatory developments in this area, which stayed behind expectations. Therefore, in 2015 the target of 50% improvement will probably not yet be achieved. Further details on this parameter and the methodology can be found in the document ‘Energy efficiency of Philips products’ at

Circular economy

For a sustainable world, the transition from a linear to a circular economy is a necessary boundary condition. A circular economy aims to decouple economic growth from the use of natural resources and ecosystems by using those resources more effectively. It is a driver for innovation in the areas of material-, component- and product reuse, as well as new business models such as solutions and services. In a circular economy, the more effective (re)use of materials enables to create more value, both by cost savings and by developing new markets or growing existing ones.

In 2013, Philips started its circular economy approach. Key characteristics are customer access over ownership (pay for performance e.g. pay per lux or pay per scan), business model innovations (from transactions to relationships via service and solution models), reverse cycles (including partners outside current value chains e.g. upstream-downstream integration and co-creation) and logistics, innovations for material-, component-, and product reuse, products designed for disassembly and serviceability. In 2013, Philips became a global partner of the Ellen McArthur Foundation, the leading organization on the concept of circular economy.

Closing the material loop

In 2013 we restated the 2009 baseline for global collection and recycling amounts at around 22,500 tonnes (excluding TV and AVM&A), based on the data retrieved from the WEEE collection schemes and from our own recycling and refurbishment services (mainly Healthcare). The amount of collection and recycling for 2012 (reported in 2013) was calculated at 31,000 tonnes, excluding AVM&A (which was calculated at 9,000 tonnes). A small improvement compared to the amount for 2011 due to an increase in recycled products in Healthcare.

Recycled materials

We calculated the amount of recycled materials in our products in 2013 at some 14,000 tonnes (2012: 15,000 tonnes), by focusing on the material streams plastics, aluminum, refurbished products, and spare parts harvesting depending on the relevance in each sector.

Our target is to double the global collection and recycling and the amount of recycled materials in our products by 2015 compared to 2009. Further details on this parameter and the methodology can be found in the document ‘Closing the material loop’ at

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Green Innovation comprise all R&D activities directly contributing to the development of Green Products or Green Technologies.

Green Products offer a significant environmental improvement in one or more Green Focal Areas: Energy efficiency, Packaging, Hazardous substances, Weight, Recycling and disposal and Lifetime reliability. The life cycle approach is used to determine a product’s overall environmental improvement. It calculates the environmental impact of a product over its total life cycle (raw materials, manufacturing, product use and disposal).

Green Products need to prove leadership in at least one Green Focal Area compared to industry standards, which is defined by a sector specific peer group. This is done either by outperforming reference products (which can be a competitor or predecessor product in the particular product family) by at least 10%, outperforming product specific eco-requirements or by being awarded with a recognized eco-performance label. Because of different product portfolios, sectors have specified additional criteria for Green Products, including product specific minimum requirements where relevant.

Polyvinyl chloride, better known as PVC or vinyl, is an inexpensive plastic so versatile it has become completely pervasive in modern society. The list of products made from polyvinyl chloride is exhaustive, ranging from phonograph records to drainage and potable piping, water bottles, cling film, credit cards and toys. More uses include window frames, rain gutters, wall paneling, doors, wallpapers, flooring, garden furniture, binders and even pens.

Brominated flame retardants are a group of chemicals that have an inhibitory effect on the ignition of combustible organic materials. Of the commercialized chemical flame retardants, the brominated variety are most widely used.

The base of the pyramid is the largest, but poorest socio-economic group. In global terms, this is the 4 billion people who live on less than USD 2.50 per day.

CO2-equivalent or carbon dioxide equivalent is a quantity that describes, for a given mixture and amount of greenhouse gas, the amount of CO2 that would have the same global warming potential (GWP), when measured over a specified timescale (generally 100 years).