Peruvian experts attended a training workshop on lighting compliance at the Global Efficient Lighting Centre in Beijing, from 2 – 4 November, 2016. The training workshop’s objective was to strengthen the capacity of Peruvian lamp testing laboratories to produce reliable test results and measure gains in energy efficiency from specific innovations or techniques. The training was implemented as an activity under the UN Environment “Lighting Market Transformation in Peru” funded by the Global Environment Facility.
Compliance testing is a fundamental component of a lighting monitoring, verification and enforcement (MVE) scheme. It allows for the verification of whether products live up to their energy-efficiency claims. Without such ongoing, effective market control activities, noncompliant lighting products enter markets, disappoint users, and reduce expected energy and financial savings.
As for many other countries, lighting compliance testing has proven to be a challenge for Peru. Current testing laboratory capacity in the country is limited and in need of an upgrade. Four Peruvian experts representing two national laboratories, the national quality standards institute, and the Ministry of Energy and Mines attended the training.
The training included lectures on the role of testing laboratories, light-emitting diode (LED) technology development and trends, performance testing and international lighting standards. In addition, participants attended practical laboratory working sessions. They visited the Global Efficient Lighting Centre and the National Lighting Test Centre of China, which has laboratories for testing lighting performance, safety, electromagnetic compatibility and mercury content.
Overall, participants obtained useful information to further strengthen quality control and testing capacities in Peru.
The Global Efficient Lighting Centre promotes the rapid development of energy-efficient lighting technologies around the world. It was launched in September 2011, as a UN Environment Collaborating Centre for Energy Efficient Lighting and a partnership between UN Environment and the National Lighting Test Centre of China. The Centre provides lighting testing, training, advice, quality control and capacity building support to developing and emerging countries.
The “Lighting Market Transformation in Peru” project funded by the Global Environmental Facility kicked off in 2015. The Peruvian Ministry of Energy and Mines leads it, with the support from United for Efficiency-en.lighten initiative.