UN Report Outlines Ways to Achieve Clean, Sustainable Off-Grid Lighting for Africa
New York, 18 May 2015 Creating favourable conditions for modern solar lighting markets can provide a low-cost solution to reducing carbon emissions, indoor air pollution and health risks, while bringing electricity to an estimated 600 million people in Africa who lack access to the power grid, says new report by United Nations Environment Programme
The report, entitled Developing Effective Off-Grid Lighting Policy - Guidance Note for Governments in Africa, recommends best practices and smart policies enabling the market uptake of off-grid lighting solutions. It was unveiled today at the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) annual forum, which convenes private sector, governments, energy access practitioners, off-grid lighting experts, civil society and international donors to achieve the target of universal energy access by 2030.
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ASEAN Commits to Switch to Efficient Lighting
Harmonised standards and policy will slash energy consumption in ASEAN region
Paris, France, 29 April 2015 ASEAN member states have committed themselves to work together to switch to efficient lighting standards and policies, a move that will significantly reduce energy consumption in the region. This agreement was reached at the 19th annual meeting of the Energy Efficiency & Conservation Sub-Sector Network (EE&C-SSN) in Kuala Lumpur on 24 April 2015.
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Government Officials from Asia and the Pacific Focus on Efficient Lighting in the Region
Lighting is Responsible for over 15% of Electricity Consumption in Asia
Paris, France, 6 February 2015 Over 70 government officials, leading industry representatives, laboratories and technical institutions from 20 Asia and the Pacific countries met from 3 to 4 February 2015 at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok, Thailand, to consider opportunities for ensuring adequate market surveillance and harmonized policy for efficient lighting.
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UNEP/lites.asia Regional Efficient Policy Workshop
Jakarta, Indonesia, 21 August 2014 – Policy makers from ministries of energy and the environment, standards bodies, laboratories and industry organizations from 18 countries within Southeast Asia, South Asia, the Pacific and Europe, met in Jakarta for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)/ lites.asia regional lighting policy workshop.
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Dakar, Senegal, 10 May 2014, – Government officials from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and international organizations agreed on a Regional Efficient Lighting Strategy which will facilitate the transition to the universal use of energy efficient lighting in the region by 2020. The new roadmap was announced at a validation workshop hosted in Dakar.
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Ninth lites.asia meeting
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 22 - 23 April 2014, – The ninth lites.asia regional lighting policy meeting will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 22 - 23 April 2014. It will focus on monitoring, verification and enforcement activities and infrastructure in Southeast Asia and the Pacific; developing a National or Regional Efficient Lighting Strategy; the latest information on lighting standards and labelling; and a briefing on off-grid lighting testing and laboratory certification.
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1st Arab South-South Development Expo showcases the en.lighten initiative
Doha, Qatar, 18 - 20 February 2014 – The en.lighten initiative was showcased at the 1st Arab South-South Development Expo as a powerful and cost-effective solution to tackle energy issues in the Arab World. Eng. Fethi Hanchi, Director of Energy Efficiency in Tunisia, shared the lessons learned from Tunisia's experience of developing a National Efficient Lighting Strategy and encouraged other countries in the region to follow the same direction.
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