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Phillips Emissions

Jan 04 2016

Philips aims to use 100% renewable energy for its North American operations by the end of 2016, a major step toward its 2020 carbon neutrality ambitions announced last week at COP21. The 2016 goal would reduce its carbon footprint by 125,000 metric tons yearly, the equivalent of CO2 produced by over 26,000 cars in one year.

Working with EDP Renewables North America, Philips will purchase 250,000 MWh of electricity per year over the next 15 years from the Hidalgo Wind Farm in McCook, Texas, an amount equivalent to the power used at the company’s 133 sites, which support 21,000 employees in the market. 

“At Philips, our goal is simple – to positively impact people’s health and well- being, while minimizing our impact on the environment. This not only means making our products more ecologically efficient, it also requires that we reduce the environmental impact of our operations,” says Brent Shafer, CEO of Philips North America. “By offsetting our North American operations with renewable energy, we will reduce the Philips global carbon footprint by 8.6%, support the local economy, and positively impact our bottom line, demonstrating the private sector can benefit from and help drive clean energy.”

Globally, Philips is a member of the RE100, a collaborative initiative of influential businesses committed to 100% renewable electricity. From 2008 to 2014, Philips increased its use of renewable energy from 8% to 55%.

Headquartered in the Netherlands, Philips employs 106,000 employees with sales and services in more than 100 countries.

 

 

Gurvinder ChopraBy Gurvinder Chopra

This June, Canadians will commemorate Electrical Safety Month; June also marks the fourth month of the COVID-19 pandemic national lockdown. For many Canadians, working from home has become the new normal. As confinement continues, the demand for constant power feed to connect to the world we now live, work, and play in at home has grown substantially. Homes are being equipped with new technologies that offer plenty of benefits, but they also place high demand on electrical systems at home, potentially causing serious safety risks. 

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Building Permits - MarchThe total value of building permits issued by Canadian municipalities decreased 13.2% to $7.4 billion in March, with declines reported in seven provinces and two territories. The $1.1 billion national decrease was the largest since August 2014. This reflected notable drops in Ontario (-12.9%), Quebec (-18.1%) and British Columbia (-19.4%), which coincided with efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19.

 Value of residential permits down

The total value of residential permits decreased 13.1% to $4.6 billion in March.

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Harold HayesHarold Hayes, a stalwart of the electrical industry, passed away peacefully in Scarborough, Ontario at the age of 90 on May 9, 2020.

Harold joined the industry as an apprentice at age 18, working first for his father’s business, Power Cable Installations, and then for Comstock. Among his later accomplishments, he formed Federal Pioneer Electric’s electric heating division, served as president of the Ontario Electric League in 1985, and while in his 80s consulted for Intellimeter Canada Inc.

 

 

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Although she initially pursued a career in outdoor education, Sarah was instrumental in the company’s expansion into architectural lighting and the U.S. market. She joined Liteline as a project manager in between stints working in outdoor education. Now she leads Liteline’s U.S. distribution arm and marketing department.

 

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