Peter Boer
inclusiveness & solidarity

Peter Boer, bold connector

Published on 21 September 2023

SPIE Nederland has partnered with a dedicated team of mechanics far from the labour market to support a growing business in sustainable LED lighting. Peter Boer,
Business Development Manager for e-fficient buildings division at SPIE Nederland tells us more about this partnership.

During his twenty-year career in sales and business development, Peter has always focused on connecting people to find new solutions. “I grabbed the chance,” he says about setting up a partnership between SPIE Nederland and GreenFox, a start-up producing circular-economy LED lighting.

Since meeting Henk Klip, GreenFox’s founder in 2017, Peter has been enthusiastic about the concept. “If you retrofit fluorescent lights with repairable LEDs, there’s less waste than other LEDs and you can cut energy bills by 60%.” But above all, GreenFox employs people who are disqualified from their previous work, unqualified youths, refugees and others on the fringes of the job market.

Today, SPIE Nederland is GreenFox’s exclusive European distributor, recruiting a dedicated team of mechanics from disadvantaged backgrounds through the Dutch employment agency. Everyone receives training and part-time education, supported by SPIE. While there are some challenges, Peter confirms, “it’s very satisfying to give people a chance and see them grow.” In the future, he would like to expand the business to other European countries.

I founded GreenFox in 2009 to fight against the ever increasing production of waste. We refurbish existing light fixtures by converting them to energy-efficient LEDs, extending their life cycle and thus reducing waste. Altogether, we have converted 400,000 fixtures! We have already completed a number of contracts together with SPIE, who we enjoy working with, and we hope to expand our collaboration to other countries if they are interested.”
Henk Klip,, GreenFox founder

Partnership key figures


million fluorescent tubes could be replaced by LEDs in the Netherlands.


mechanics are employed by SPIE Nederland through the partnership with GreenFox.


people produce GreenFox LEDs.


this is the number of hours of lighting with a 10-year guarantee.