United Nations Push for Global Energy Efficient Lighting

| 11/7/2012 10:06:31 AM

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This press release is posted with permission from Global Environment Facility.

Energy-efficient lighting toolkitWashington DC, Oct. 16, 2012 - New guidance for lighting efficiency programs will save government resources, speed the transition to energy-efficient lighting, boost economies, and mitigate climate change.

In a letter sent on Oct. 16, 2012, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) CEO is announcing the availability of the new Toolkit “Achieving the Transition to Energy Efficient Lighting,” created in association with the United Nations Environment Program's en.lighten initiative. This book is an unparalleled resource for providing guidance for countries to transform their markets to energy-efficient lighting. The Toolkit highlights best practice examples that countries have successfully implemented to move their economies to efficient lighting and mitigate climate change.

Lighting is responsible for 19 percent of global electricity consumption and if not addressed immediately, global consumption for lighting will see a 60 percent increase by the year 2030. Without significant improvements in efficiency, this growth will have dramatic climate consequences. The phase-out of inefficient lamps is one of the most straightforward and cost effective ways to significantly reduce carbon emissions.

However, despite technological improvements, most developing countries have not taken steps towards this transition. Countries that have not made the shift may be unsure about how to begin efficiency programs, or lack the necessary resources and know-how.

In her letter announcing the Toolkit, Dr. Naoko Ishii, GEF CEO and Chairperson said “The GEF, together with UNEP and its international partners, encourages countries to use this Toolkit to protect the environment, save energy, grow their economies, and become more competitive in the global arena.”

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