EU bans inefficient toxic lighting at home, proposes to manufacture & export abroad

Revised lighting rules under the Ecodesign and Energy Labelling Directives comes into force, the first of two steps to save ~40 TWh annually. Additionally, under the RoHS Directive, the European Commission plans to ban virtually all mercury-containing fluorescent lamps in 12–18 months, a move expected to increase annual savings by a further 20 TWh. Ironically, the Commission is also proposing to allow most of these hazardous products to be manufactured, exported and traded into markets outside the EU.

Edison Report

Global Phase-Out of Fluorescents Presents Opportunity to Rapidly Accelerate the Adoption of LED Lighting

As wealthy countries and developed economies like North America and Europe lead the transition to LEDs, the rest of the world must not be treated as a dumping ground for outdated, mercury-laden fluorescents. In unregulated markets, particularly in emerging economies, fluorescent lamps are still the market leaders. Without intervention, a global transition to clean super-efficient LED lighting may take years due to lobbying efforts of fluorescent lamp suppliers. CLiC is asking LED companies to go on the record and pledge commitment to equity.


As Africa Accelerates to Clean Lighting, Kenya Must Not Lag Behind

Despite Kenya’s role as a global leader in ambitious energy and climate targets, the country is reluctant to address a critical gap in the clean energy transition: energy-efficient, modern lighting technologies. Kenya is the only regional economic powerhouse and only country from the East African Community that has not ratified the Convention, citing a delay to develop an action plan to meet the objectives of the Convention.

The Light Review

Signify eco-claims slammed by European Environmental Bureau: greenwashing claims

European Environmental Bureau (EEB) has published an article on its website titled “Higher bills for millions as EU lighting firms milk old technology' With a strapline claiming ‘wasteful lamps treated as “cash engine” by Signify, despite green claims’ the article (dated 9th July 2021) queries Signify’s claims to be an ‘environmental champion’ given that evidence from within company reports show that inefficient and environmentally damaging fluorescent lamps have remained an active ‘cash engine’ for the past five years.

News Ghana

Light-Up Africa: Transitioning to Efficient-LEDs Presents an Opportunity for Green Economic Growth

Governments across Africa are rejecting toxic fluorescent lighting and leading the global transition to energy-efficient, mercury-free lighting products. In May, representatives from Africa proposed an amendment to the Minamata Convention on Mercury to eliminate special exemptions for mercury in lighting. If adopted, the amendment would safeguard public health, ease the energy-burden on increasingly strained national grids, and stimulate local economic growth.

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