The United for Efficiency (U4E) organization recently published a new report entitled "Accelerating the Global Adoption of Energy-Efficient Lighting." The report provides guidelines to countries on how to promote energy-efficient lighting in their respective national markets. The report maintains that following the guidelines will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, generate significant economic benefits, and enhance energy security.
For those unfamiliar with the U4E, the organization is a public-private partnership comprised of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the International Copper Association (ICA), CLASP and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) with the support of other international partners. Its focus is to support developing countries and emerging economies to move their markets to energy-efficient appliances and equipment.
The lighting report encourages countries to follow an integrated policy approach consisting of the following five stages:
- Defining standards and regulations
- Establishing policies to achieve public acceptance (awareness campaigns, labeling schemes)
- Finance and financial delivery mechanisms (utility contracts, bulk procurement, partnerships)
- Monitoring, verification and enforcement (product registration, testing)
- Environmentally sound management of lighting products (hazardous substance standards, end-of-life policies)
As stated in its introduction, the report's guidelines are intended to be flexible rather than prescriptive, presenting an overview of the elements needed to transform national lighting markets towards greater energy efficiency.