Green Product sales

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. Sales from Green Products, excluding the Lumileds and Automotive business, increased to EUR 11.1 billion in 2014, or 52% of sales (50% in 2013), thereby reaching a record level for Philips.

The exclusion of Lumileds and Automotive had a 1% negative impact on the total Green Product sales percentage.

Philips Group
Green Product sales per sector in millions of EUR
2010 - 2014
2,1361,0673,6966,89935.8%‘102,6631,1013,9557,71938.8%‘113,6101,6195,05610,28546.3%‘123,6902,2705,03710,99750.0%‘133,508Healthcare2,605Consumer Lifestyle4,952Lighting11,06551.7%‘14As a % of sales

Through our EcoDesign process, we aim to create products that have significantly less impact on the environment during their whole lifecycle. Overall, the most significant improvements have been realized in our energy efficiency Green Focal Area, an important objective of our EcoVision program, although there was also growing attention for hazardous substances and recyclability in all sectors in 2014, the latter driven by our Circular Economy initiatives.

New Green Products from each sector include the following examples.


During 2014, Healthcare expanded the Green Product portfolio with seven new products, although Green Product sales decreased slightly due to the Cleveland production suspension. The newly introduced products improve patient outcomes, provide better value, and expand access to care, while reducing environmental impact. Philips’ new Affinity platform, for example, delivers superb image quality and performance, and features a modern and elegant cart design with a simple-to-use touchscreen-based control panel, and ease-of-use imaging workflow. At the same time it reduces energy use by almost 40% compared to its predecessor model. Other examples are new X-ray systems such as DuraDiagnost compact and MobileDiagnost Opta systems, which feature significantly lower product and packaging weight (ranging between 20% and 38%), and, in the case of the MobileDiagnost Opta, a 67% reduction in energy usage compared to its predecessor model. Green Products from Patient Care & Monitoring Systems include the MX550 patient monitor, Avalon CL fetal monitor and PageWriter TC10 cardiograph, for which product weight, energy consumption and packaging weight have been significantly reduced (by between 24% and 62%).

Consumer Lifestyle

Consumer Lifestyle focuses on Green Products which meet or exceed our minimum requirements in the areas of energy consumption, packaging, and substances of concern. The sales of Green Products in 2014 surpassed 55% of total sales. All our Green Products with rechargeable batteries (like toothbrushes, shavers, and grooming products) exceed the stringent California energy efficiency norm by at least 10%. We are making steady progress in developing PVC/BFR-free products. More than 60% of sales consist of PVC/BFR-free products, with the exception of the power cords, for which there are not yet economical viable alternatives available. 

In 2014, more vacuum cleaners, coffee machines and irons were launched with parts made of recycled plastics. In total we have applied some 625 tons of recycled plastics in our products. An example is the new SENSEO® Up, the plastic parts of which consist of 13% recycled material.


Green Product sales within Lighting increased from 70% in 2013 to 72% in 2014. Connected lighting systems contributed to Green Product sales with solutions like CityTouch, a system for outdoor lighting management. CityTouch offers simple web applications to remotely control street lights and analyze related data. This gives cities the flexibility to dim lights to low levels wherever possible to save energy, or to boost light levels at the touch of a button when more light is needed (for example, in the case of an accident). The system helps cities save energy and operate more efficiently, while increasing citizens’ feeling of safety.

CityTouch technology is spreading around the world, with installations in Buenos Aires, Rotterdam, and Markham, Ontario, Canada. In the Spanish town of Salobre, CityTouch software combines with LED luminaires to reduce the municipality’s energy consumption by more than 70% and cut CO2 emissions by 29 tons per year. In a number of London boroughs, over 70,000 light points will be managed by CityTouch.


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.

A circular economy aims to decouple economic growth from the use of natural resources and ecosystems by using those resources more effectively. By definition 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 use of materials enables to create more value, both by cost savings and by developing new markets or growing existing ones.

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).