Harry Verhaar

Head of Global Public and Government Affairs
Philips Lighting


Philip’s CAB representative is Harry Verhaar. Harry has over 20 years of experience in the lighting industry, and is Head of Global Public and Government Affairs for Philips Lighting. He is responsible for the strategy, outreach and stakeholder management on energy and climate change, resource efficiency and sustainable development, with a key focus on the role of the LED lighting revolution.

He has, since the end of 2003, been the architect of the lighting strategy on energy and climate change, which has resulted in a global momentum on phasing out of old lighting technologies.

He is an active member of a number of partnership networks, among which are The Climate Group, R20, and the World Green Building Council, and he is a member of the Advisory Boards of The Lisbon Council and the Global Cities Indicator Facility. He is a founding member of UNEP’s en.lighten program, chairman of the European Alliance to Save Energy and is president of the Global Off-Grid Lighting Association.

Harry is a recipient of the 2011 UN Leader of Change Award, and has received the Carbon War Room’s Gigaton award on behalf of Philips.


Philips Lighting is the leading provider of lighting solutions and applications both for professional and consumer markets, transforming how lighting is used to enhance the human experience in the places where people live and work.  Whether at home, on the road, in the city, shopping, at work or at school, Philips is creating lighting solutions that transform environments, create experiences, and help shape identities.

Philips serves customers through a market segment approach which encompasses Homes, Office and Outdoor, Industry, Retail, Hospitality, Entertainment, Healthcare and Automotive. For these segments, they provide a wide range of offerings from across the entire lighting value chain - from light sources, luminaires and lighting controls to lighting solutions and services.



Building for body clocks: How human-centric lighting can improve people’s wellbeing & performance

Wed, 8th Nov 2017

In the latest in our Better Places for People blog series, Harry Verhaar of Philips Lighting looks at the need to focus not on daylighting or artificial lighting, but on “human-centric” lighting.

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Global businesses could collectively save up to $1.5tn through efficient use of office space, finds Philips

Tue, 26th Sep 2017

Businesses around the world could realise savings of up to $1.5tn in reduced rental costs alone if their office buildings were refurbished to the most efficient standards of today, say Philips Lighting.

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World Green Building Week 2016 – how our global movement changed perspectives on green buildings

Mon, 3rd Oct 2016

Wow! What a week. From last Monday until yesterday, Green Building Councils, their members and many more organisations and individuals around the globe participated in World Green Building Week 2016!

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Philips publishes report on smart offices during World Green Building Week

Tue, 27th Sep 2016

Philips has published a new in-depth report on offices and smart buildings to coincide with World Green Building Week 2016.

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