Global Efficient Lighting Forum

The UNEP en.lighten initiative is proud to be presenting a Global Efficient Lighting Forum to take place from 11 – 12 November, 2013 in Beijing, China. The Forum will address the need for an accelerated global phase-in of energy efficient lighting products.

UNEP is convening national governments, private sector, development partners, international financial institutions, and key stakeholders for a dialogue about the best ways to accelerate transition to efficient lighting globally. The Global Efficient Lighting Forum will provide a unique opportunity for participants to; exchange best practices, discuss the current progress and challenges of a switch to more advanced lighting technologies, examine the benefits of a transition to higher efficiency lighting, and create a consensus regarding the technical, policy and financial measures necessary to accelerate a worldwide transition.

During the Forum, a global plan of action will be developed to enable countries to make a quantum leap to the most energy efficient and appropriate lighting systems. Opportunities, methodologies, tools, and concrete actions will be identified to support the achievement of such a transition

At the end of the meeting, participants will develop a Resolution that is expected to reflect an international consensus for the need to accelerate the phase-in of efficient lighting globally, across all sectors. A Global Status Report on efficient lighting will include topics and recommendations from the Global Forum and will be published in late 2013.

The United Nations Secretary-General’s Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative has identified advanced lighting as a “High Impact Opportunity” and UNEP, through the en.lighten initiative, is the global co-coordinator of the high impact initiative and related actions in the area of advanced lighting. The Global Efficient Lighting Forum is part of SE4ALL's effort to establish a global action plan for the adoption of energy efficient lighting technologies. This Forum will ultimately contribute to cost-effective low carbon development and the SE4ALL goals.