The en.lighten initiative supports national regulators and regional bodies in developing countries to advance policies, strategies and actions for the phase-out of inefficient lighting products. Emphasis is placed on an integrated policy approach so that a transition can be sustained by the domestic market without continued external support or resources.
The Global Efficient Lighting Partnership Programme is a voluntary opportunity for countries to achieve a coordinated transition to efficient lighting rapidly and cost-effectively. It provides technical support to help countries implement viable National Efficient Lighting Strategies and coordinated regional activities within a given timeframe; assists each participant identify mutual barriers; and, helps identify opportunities to combine resources for efficiency and financial benefits.
Over 60 developing and emerging countries have joined the en.lighten Global Efficient Lighting Partnership Programme and committed to transition their markets to energy efficient lighting by phasing out inefficient incandescent lamps by 2016. The partner countries alone will save over $7.5 billion and 35 million tonnes of CO2 annually. Of these, 27 countries are developing national or regional efficient lighting strategies. In 2013, Chile, Uruguay, and Central America successfully launched and adopted their national and regional strategies.