Ambitious New Lamp Industry Initiative Shows How Europe Can Cut Annual CO2 Emissions from Domestic Lighting by more than 60% by 2015



    BRUSSELS, BELGIUM, June 5 /CNW/ - Europe's lamp manufacturers have today
published details of a highly ambitious initiative(1), which if adopted by the
European Union(2), would lead to the phase-out of the least efficient lamps in
the home from the European market by 2015. This would lead to a massive 60%
reduction(3) Of CO2 emissions (23 Mega tons annually(4)) from domestic
lighting and 7 billion euros gain for European consumers from saving 63,000
GWh(5) of electricity.

    The initiative by GE, Havells Sylvania, OSRAM, Philips and other members
of the European Lamp Companies Federation(6) (ELC) comes on the eve of the G8
summit in Heiligendamm Germany, where International Heads of State are
examining how best to tackle climate change and promote energy efficiency
internationally.

    As part of the lamp industry's efforts to promote the switch to more
efficient lamps, the initiative calls on the EU to apply binding minimum
energy efficiency requirements, supported by strict market surveillance, for
Edison and Bayonet cap lamps(7) as early as 2009. This would not only speed up
the delivery of the EU Heads of State conclusions in March 2007 for lamps
specifically, but make an immediate contribution to the EU's wider climate and
energy efficiency goals.

    The majority of the light sources impacted by these energy efficiency
requirements would be traditional incandescent lamps. This proposal by the
manufacturers will allow time for a switch to high-efficiency halogen and
compact fluorescent lamps and the development of LED and high-efficiency
incandescent lamps.

    Under the proposal, within 8 years from now, 85% of the total EU
traditional incandescent lamp market of 2.1 billion lamps would need to meet
new efficiency requirements. Starting with highest wattage lamps (over 100W)
and gradually covering lower wattages (down to 25W) by 2015 the least
efficient domestic lamps (energy efficiency classes E, F and G) would no
longer be available. To ensure continued quality and cost effectiveness for
Europe's consumers, all lamps placed on the EU market, including the energy
saving alternatives, would also have to have a minimum rated lifetime of 1000
hours and comply with relevant International and European safety and quality
standards(8). Specifications for lamps destined for special applications such
as refrigerators, ovens and specialist medical equipment are also being
reviewed.

    This time-phased approach ensures the availability of practical energy
saving alternatives in all domestic applications and is realistic for the
businesses that must adapt to significant changes in production and supply. It
would, therefore, deliver huge environmental and energy saving benefits while
safeguarding the interests of consumers, employees and Europe's lighting
supply chain.

    Speaking on behalf of the ELC today, Secretary-General, Gerald
Strickland, said:

    "Lamps have become iconic for the growing public effort to rapidly combat
climate change in a cost-effective and practical way. Our initiative responds
to the challenge set by EU leaders and shows them that it is possible to go
further and more quickly - our 60% goal is intended to help achieve the EU's
20% overall emissions reduction target and do so five years earlier than its
2020 deadline."

    Welcoming the initiative, Paul Waide, Senior Policy Analyst at the
International Energy Agency (IEA) and author of the recent study(9) on the
importance of lighting in tackling climate change said:

    "This initiative is very timely and is an important step in global
efforts to move towards more efficient lighting."

    (10) Press Enquiries please contact:

    --  Mr. Gerald Strickland, Secretary General - ELC, +32.473.33.25.17

    --  Mr. Peter Dillen, Chairman of the ELC Domestic Lighting Working
Group, +32.498.161.439

    --  Ms. Jarita Christie, Public Affairs Manager - ELC, +32.485.890.070

    1 See the background paper "The ELCs proposal for Domestic lighting" for
full position.

    2 The ELC is calling for its proposals to be considered for the basis of
an Implementing Measure under the Eco-Design requirements for energy-using
products - EUP Directive (Directive 2005/32/EC). Implementing Measures will
set specific and potentially compulsory standards for several of the least
efficient street, office/industry and domestic lighting products destined for
the European market in order that they meet energy efficiency, as well as
other, requirements. Proposals for Street and Office lighting are due to be
agreed by the end of 2008. Work on the domestic lighting begun at the
beginning of June. The Commission is expected to table a proposal by the end
of 2009.

    3 See "Chart 1 - CO2 saving potential through efficient lighting in the
home - 23 Mega ton" in the background paper "The ELCs proposal for Domestic
lighting"

    4 23 Megta tons represents a forest of 23,000 square kilometres which is
13,5% more than the area of Slovenia (20,273 km2).

    5 See "Chart 2 - Annual reduction of electricity consumption in lighting
in the home (GWh)" in the background paper "The ELCs proposal for Domestic
lighting"

    6 Created in 1985, the European Lamp Companies Federation (ELC) is both
the forum and the voice of the lamp industry in Europe. It represents the
leading European lamp manufacturers, which collectively directly employ 50,000
people, and account for 95 percent of total European production, with an
annual turnover in Europe of EUR 5 billion. The members of the ELC are: Aura,
BLV, GE, Havells Sylvania, NARVA, OSRAM and Philips. For more about energy
efficient lighting see: www.elcfed.org

    7 This initiative applies to lamps that fall under the European
Commission's current labelling Directive for household lamps (Directive
98/11/EC of 27 January 1998 implementing Council Directive 92/75/EEC, with
regard to energy labelling of household lamps). This ensures quality and
consistency for European consumers. The EU Energy Label rates products from A,
(the most efficient) to G (the least efficient). For lamps the EU energy label
goes from up to A to G. In all EU Member States by law, the label must be
shown on all domestic lamp packaging.

    8 CEN (European Community for Standardisation), IEC (International
Electrotechnical Commission) Standards

    9 "Light's Labour's Lost: Policies for Energy-efficient Lighting," 2006,
IEA

    10 ELC member company press contacts:

    
    Havells Sylvania - Mr. Peter Dillen  OSRAM - Ms. Juliane Braun
                        +32.3.610.44.88                +49.89.62.13.23.90
    GE - Europe - Ms. Erika Windisch     Philips - Ms. Jeannet Harpe
                         +36.1.399.1455                  +31.20.59.77.199
    GE - US - Ms. Kim Freeman
                        +1.502.452.7819
    




For further information:

For further information: GE - US Ms. Kim Freeman, 502-452-7819, or GE -
Europe Ms. Erika Windisch, +36-1-399-1455 or For ELC Mr. Gerald Strickland,
+32-473-33-25-17 Secretary General - ELC or Mr. Peter Dillen, +32-498-161-439
Chairman of the ELC Domestic Lighting Working Group or Ms. Jarita Christie,
+32-485-890-070 Public Affairs Manager - ELC or Havells Sylvania Mr. Peter
Dillen, +32-3-610-44-88 or OSRAM Ms. Juliane Braun, +49-89-62-13-23-90 or
Philips Ms. Jeannet Harpe, +31-20-59-77-199

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