Philips provides Light as a Service to Schiphol Airport
Philips introduces light as a service at Schiphol supporting the transition to a circular economy
11 October, 2022 by
Philips provides Light as a Service to Schiphol Airport
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Amsterdam, the Netherlands - Schiphol Group, Cofely and Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG AEX: PHIA), the global leader in lighting, have entered into a collaboration for the new lighting in the terminal buildings at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. The light as a service means that, Schiphol pays for the light it uses, while Philips remains the owner of all fixtures and installations. Philips and Cofely will be jointly responsible for the performance and durability of the system and ultimately its re-use and recycling at end of life. By using energy-efficient LED lamps, a 50% reduction in electricity consumption will be achieved over conventional lighting systems.

In association with architects Kossmann.dejong and Philips Design, lighting fixtures were specially developed for Amsterdam Airport Schiphol that will last 75% longer than other conventional fixtures as the design of the fixtures improved the serviceability and therefore improved the lifetime. In addition, the fixture components can be individually replaced. This will reduce maintenance costs and means that the entire fixture does not have to be recycled, resulting in the greatest possible reduction in raw material consumption.

By applying circular economy principles¹, Schiphol Group, Cofely and Philips have created a new standard in the transition towards sustainable lighting. The innovative light design also provides a better lighting experience and is part of an extensive renovation of the terminal intended to increase passenger comfort and capacity at Schiphol.

Jos Nijhuis, CEO and president of Schiphol Group, said, "It is Schiphol's ambition to become one of the most sustainable airports in the world. We believe in a circular economy and want to play an active role in its realization. The collaboration with Philips and Cofely marks a good step in this direction. Together we left the beaten path to develop an innovative, out-of-the-box solution. We set a new standard that matches the ambition level of the airport."

Frank van der Vloed, General Manager, Philips Lighting Benelux, said, “We are pleased to make an important contribution to Schiphol’s ambitious sustainability targets. We believe that more and more forward-thinking businesses will move to a Light as a Service model. After all, most of us are used to this kind of model - for example I drink water but I don’t have a reservoir in my basement. Many people are used to pay-as-you-go models. Add to this considerable energy savings from LED technology and the sustainability of the overall system and the proposition is compelling.

Hans van Happen, COO Cofely Nederland NV: “As the main contractor, Cofely is always on the look-out for innovative, energy-saving solutions that contribute to Schiphol’s business objectives. This innovative partnership with Schiphol and Philips matches perfectly with Cofely’s ambition to play a leading role in the energy transition.”

Philips will retain ownership of all the equipment, Schiphol Group will lease it for the duration of the contract. At the end of the contract, fixtures will be re-used elsewhere after upgrading, resulting in maximum resource reduction.

Supported by Cofely’s round-the-clock presence at Schiphol, Philips and Cofely can provide real-time management of the lighting system to generate an optimal lighting experience and sustainability. At the same time they will also be responsible for the intensity and reliability of the lighting, based on a KPI model.

¹  Circular economy is characterized by customer access over ownership, (pay for performance e.g. Light as a Service), business model innovations (from transactions to relationships via service and solution models), innovations for material-, component-, and product reuse, products designed for disassembly and serviceability.

For further information, please contact:

Philips Electronics Nederland B.V.
Eric Drent
External Communications Manager, Lighting
Tel +31 6 5190 5718
[email protected]


Jeroen Bos
Senior Press Officer
Tel. +31 (0)20 601 26 73
[email protected]


Cofely Netherlands
Ingrid Clauwaert
Manager Public Relations
Tel +31 (0)30 – 656 94 59
[email protected]
About Royal Philips

Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) is a diversified health and well-being company, focused on improving people’s lives through meaningful innovation in the areas of Healthcare, Consumer Lifestyle and Lighting. Headquartered in the Netherlands, Philips posted 2014 sales of EUR 21.4 billion and employs approximately 105,000 employees with sales and services in more than 100 countries. The company is a leader in cardiac care, acute care and home healthcare, energy efficient lighting solutions and new lighting applications, as well as male shaving and grooming and oral healthcare. News from Philips is located at
About Cofely

Cofely GDF SUEZ is a global player in energy efficiency, multi-technical services and outsourcing for companies and communities. Our experts design, develop and manage tailored, smart and sustainable solutions for our customers’ benefit.  From the world’s highest building to the most visited museum, from green data centres to zero-carbon factories - we help organisations run their facilities more efficiently.
With nearly 100,000 employees in 40 countries, Cofely generated revenues of Euros 15.7 billion in 2014. Cofely is the leading brand of GDF SUEZ Energy Services, one of the five business lines of GDF SUEZ Group.
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol was Europe’s fifth largest airport in passenger numbers and third in cargo volumes in 2014, welcoming 55 million passengers and processing 1.6 million tonnes of cargo. A total of 103 airlines offer direct flights from Schiphol to 319 destinations all over the globe. This makes Amsterdam Airport Schiphol one of the most important Mainports (or hubs) in Europe. Schiphol is also one of the two European home bases of Air France-KLM and the SkyTeam alliance. In addition, Schiphol is an important contributor to the regional economy, providing employment for around 65,000 people at the airport.
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is part of Schiphol Group, an operator of airports in the Netherlands and abroad. It is the ambition of Schiphol Group to develop Schiphol as  Europe’s Preferred Airport, the airport of preference of travelers, airlines en logistic service providers. See

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