The new en.lighten Toolkit “Achieving the Transition to Energy Efficient Lighting” has now been released.

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Electricity for lighting accounts for almost 20 per cent of global power consumption and close to 6 per cent of worldwide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. If a global transition to efficient lighting occurred, these emissions could be reduced by half.

Few actions could reduce carbon emissions as cheaply and easily as the phase-out of inefficient lighting, making it one of the most effective and economically advantageous ways to combat climate change.

The en.lighten initiative has been established to accelerate 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.

en.lighten assists countries in accelerating market transformation with environmentally sustainable, efficient lighting technologies by:

  • Promoting high performance, efficient technologies in developing countries.
  • Developing a global policy strategy to phase-out inefficient and obsolete lighting products.
  • Substituting traditional fuel-based lighting with modern, efficient alternatives.

Country Lighting Assessments
Global Policy Map

The United Nations General Assembly declared 2012 the International Year of Sustainable Energy for All