en.lighten Initiative Announces Southeast Asian Support for Incandescent Lights Phase-Out

9 November 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and Global Environment Facility (GEF) en.lighten Initiative has reported on a Southeast Asian workshop that convened on 4 November 2011, during which representatives from 18 countries supported the phasing out of incandescent light bulbs.

Meeting participants included representatives from ministries of energy and environment, climate change negotiators, national utilities, manufacturing industries, international organizations and NGOs. Participants agreed that phasing out incandescent lamps is one of the easiest ways to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. According to UNEP, such a move also could reduce annual energy costs by US$1.6 billion.

en.lighten is an initiative funded by the GEF, in partnership with UNEP, global lighting manufacturers Philips and OSRAM, and the National Lighting Test Centre (NLTC), which aims to accelerate market transformation of efficient lighting technologies on a global scale. [en.lighten Press Release]