Supporting the transition to clean, energy-efficient LEDs would help the region retain its status as the global leader in the manufacture, assembly, and exporter of lighting products.
Asia lights up the world
Asia is the largest manufacturer and exporter of lighting products, with China accounting for 73% of global fluorescent lamp production. Across the world, consumers and governments are embracing more energy-efficient LED lighting technologies. According to ELCOMA, India’s Lighting association, in the past five years, Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs) market share reduced by 91%, while LEDs market share increased by 135% -consumers clearly prefer better-quality, more efficient LED lighting products. Supporting the Africa Lighting Amendment would ensure Asia is prepared to meet the growing demand for LED lighting products.
In 2018, the total output of the LED industry in China was RMB 728.7 billion (US$114 billion) up 13.5% from the year before. This growth trajectory will continue as the world transitions to LED light bulbs.
Already, in countries like India, the lighting industry is working to become a global producer of LED light bulbs, both for the domestic and international markets.
Unnat Jyoti by Affordable LEDs for All (UJALA) is one of the world’s largest zero-subsidy domestic LED bulb programme. UJALA was a market-driven initiative, with strong policy support from the government.
UJALA provided temporary employment to more than 35,000 people in the distribution of the LED bulbs across the country with about 700 million INR paid in wages per month, providing significant benefits to local economies and families. The electricity savings achieved under UJALA are equivalent to the generation of a 500 MW coal-fired power plant, which would cost 40 billion INR to build at current prices.