What are the Country Lighting Assessments?

To keep the projected global temperature rise below 2°C, global greenhouse gas emissions must begin to decline by 2020. A global phase-out of inefficient lighting by the en.lighten initiative (target date of 2016) would be among the most economically viable and easiest solutions to help prevent the worst case climate scenarios.

Most developed countries have a comprehensive set of policies to facilitate a rapid transition to efficient lighting. Some developing and emerging countries (e.g., Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba Malaysia and Mexico) are leaders in implementing a comprehensive and sustainable transition. They aim to overcome financial, informational or political barriers that are associated with the adoption of new lighting technologies. China has also announced that it will complete its transition to efficient lighting by 2016. Other countries are launching market based transformation efforts for efficient lighting. However, over 100 countries around the world have not initiated this transition toward energy-efficient lighting and have yet to experience the associated economic and climate benefits.

The first generation Country Lighting Assessments were issued in 2010 and provided an opportunity to highlight the energy, financial and CO2 savings potential of phasing out incandescent lighting in 100 countries. The new, second generation Country Lighting Assessments estimate the savings potential of a more comprehensive effort involving energy-efficient lighting. They include the residential, commercial/industrial and outdoor lighting sectors. These Assessments incorporate a transition to installed lighting that includes high efficiency products such as light emitting diodes (LEDs) and advanced fluorescent and high intensity discharge lamps. The use of improved luminaries and controls such as sensors and dimmers, would also contribute to increased savings benefits.

The Country Lighting Assessments utilise the best available data from international agencies, research institutions and the private sector. We would like to thank the International Energy Agency, OSRAM and Philips for having been instrumental in providing data and helping to review the modelling methodology and results.

Care has been taken to obtain current, accurate information from a wide range of sources and studies however, en.lighten cannot guarantee against inaccuracies. The Assessments are reviewed on an ongoing basis based on the feedback and new information that may be received from countries, stakeholders, and our partners. We always welcome interested parties to share their data and suggestions with the en.lighten initiative in order to improve the Assessments and the country results. If you have any comments, please contact us.