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Efficient lighting toolkit

The en.lighten efficient lighting toolkit is an unparalleled resource for providing technical guidance for countries on how to transform their markets to efficient lighting. This comprehensive tool will highlight examples of best practice in important areas such as policy development, regulations and standards development, to encourage countries to transition to efficient lighting to reap climate, energy, environmental and financial benefits.

The toolkit will act as a practical reference manual for policy makers and other interested stakeholders by outlining many of the essential elements that need to be considered before and after inefficient lighting phase-out schemes have been initiated.  It focuses on addressing replacement technologies for incandescent lamps in the residential sector, as a huge percentage of the savings can be captured in this market. The second generation of the toolkit will cover the commercial and industrial markets and will be available by the end of the year 2012.

The content of the toolkit will be presented in practical, action oriented web-based guidelines, principally used by those responsible for drafting policies – environment, energy or health departments or agencies – but also by public utilities, private sector and civil society organizations. The toolkit will provide guidance on the following efficient lighting areas:
  • The benefits of efficient lighting - provides the opportunity for readers to quickly gauge the potential of efficient lighting in terms of delivered savings of energy, emission of CO2 and potential financial savings.
  • Policy and regulation - offers practical information on the development of policy and regulatory approaches to promote efficient lighting. Material will be presented on policy drafting, regulation and strategies that promote efficient lighting. In addition, the section will include best practice examples of countries which have developed regulatory frameworks to lock in the benefits of efficient lighting.
  • Standards and technical issues - highlights the common definitions of product performance criteria/parameters, define the scope of general lighting, and ensures that the requirements for the most common application segments is clear. Other information contained in this section will refer to product requirements for all lamp types and it will provide an overview of test measurement (safety and performance) standards enabling those responsible for drafting local laws to easily adopt the internationally backed recommendations in these areas.
  • Financial mechanisms - there are several financial mechanisms, ranging from financing of a project via Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and financing of a project via the voluntary carbon market to climate change funds to bilateral donor support. In addition new climate mechanisms such as NAMAs could potentially be a source of finance in developing countries.
  • Environmental and health issues – focuses on the end of life treatment of lamps and examines key issues including; resources, production, usage and environmentally sound management. Details will be provided on the materials and substances in lamps; lamp dosing techniques; consumer related environmental, health and safety issues; and a summary of existing international policy frameworks and best practices for disposal.
  • Communications, awareness and stakeholder engagement - provides advice and suggestions on consumer awareness campaigns and strategies, understanding the audience and communicating about product energy and performance endorsement labelling. It also considers the aspects of safety, quality and affordability, running costs, reliability, energy and monetary savings and how these should presented to each of the following target audiences.
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