- The Global Lighting Association endorses new United Nations Model Regulation Guidelines for conventional consumer lamps for developing and emerging economies, noting that the guidelines stimulate simpler, more harmonized and better enforced regulations.
- The Guidelines lay the groundwork for phasing out inefficient lamps in countries where efficiency standards for lighting are out of date, potentially saving consumers and businesses $18 billion each year.
- The endorsement is significant because the Global Lighting Association represents over 5,000 lighting manufacturers and $75 billion in annual sales.
The Global Lighting Association has endorsed new United Nations Model Regulation Guidelines for Energy Efficiency and Functional Performance Requirements for General Service Lamps for use in developing and emerging economies. Established as part of UN Environment’s United for Efficiency initiative, the Model Regulation Guidelines have the potential to help developing and emerging economies save $18 billion in electricity costs while also reducing 160 million tonnes of global carbon emissions by 2030. The Global Lighting Association will communicate the guidance and support to its members.
“We are excited that the Global Lighting Association is giving their full support to the Model Regulation Guidelines, which can help countries meet their environmental goals, improve public health, and save money,” said Mark Radka, Chief, Energy and Climate Branch of UN Environment.
The timing is right for the Guidelines. About 15 per cent of global electricity is used for lighting, and when economies grow, the demand for lighting goes up. There are also billions of inefficient incandescent and halogen lamps installed and still being sold around the world. For economies contemplating the establishment of new regulations, the Guidelines can significantly expedite the process.
“The Guidelines are a perfect match with one of the strategic priorities of the Global Lighting Association—that is, to simplify global lighting regulations by making them more harmonized. In addition, enforcement can be improved. With only a few essential parameters being regulated, certification costs will be lower, and companies will have room to differentiate their products,” said Bryan Douglas, Secretary General of the Global Lighting Association.
The model regulation is ready to be “cut and pasted” into law by any country ready to take the next step and adopt it. The Guidelines also contain all essential elements to ensure consumers’ satisfaction with LED lamps.
Currently, the Model Regulation Guidelines are being distributed to interested countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Countries implementing the regulation will also reduce trade barriers and provide opportunities for sharing resources, such as testing facilities.
The Guidelines were developed together by public and private stakeholders, all sharing the common objective to accelerate the transition towards energy-efficient lighting.
Leading organizations and companies have also endorsed the Model Regulation, such as Signify (previously called Philips Lighting), Topten, and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).