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Electricity for lighting is responsible for nearly 20% of total end use electrical consumption and amost 6% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. This equals to the combined emissions from Germany and Japan. Shifting to efficient lighting technologies would cut the world share of electricity used for lighting by about 50% which would save enough electricity to close more than 400 coal-fired power plants worldwide. In addition, it could save countries and users a considerable amount of money in avoided electricity bills, making available these resources for other human needs. Few actions can cut carbon emissions more easily than the phase-out of inefficient lighting, making it one of the most effective and economically advantageous means to combat climate change.

Activities aimed at phasing out inefficient technologies have been increasingly introduced in recent years, yet market forces on their own have proven insufficient to achieve rapid lighting market transformation, especially in view of the urgent need to reduce emissions posed by climate change. There is a need to coordinate global efforts and provide technical support to assist countries in introducing efficient lighting transformation programs.

The en.lighten initiative addresses the challenge of accelerating global market transformation to environmentally sustainable lighting technologies by developing a coordinated global strategy and providing technical support for the phase-out of inefficient lighting. This will reduce global GHGs from the lighting sector and mercury released from coal combustion. The en.lighten initiative was created in 2009 as a partnership between the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), OSRAM AG and Philips Lighting with the support of the Global Environment Facility (GEF). The National Lighting Test Centre (NLTC) became a partner in 2011.