IEA Publishes Report Outlining Benefits of Efficient Lighting Worldwide

The International Energy Agency (IEA) on
June 29, published an important study detailing the worldwide benefits of energy
efficient lighting technology. The publication introduced
in Paris entitled, “Light’s Labour’s Lost: Policies for Energy-efficient
Lighting” is the IEA’s response to the G8 Gleneagles Plan of Action
(July 2005). “This important work shows that the potential for energy
savings in lighting is simply enormous and can be achieved with technologies
that not only are readily available in the market but economically-competitive
during the life cycle of the product. Moreover, more efficient lighting also
results in lower CO2 emissions,”
Claude Mandil, Executive Director of the IEA.

“Without rapid action the amount of energy used for lighting will
be 80% higher in 2030 than today; however, if we simply make better use of today’s
efficient lighting technologies and techniques, global lighting energy demand
need be no greater at that time.”
He added, “In the current
lighting environment there are enormous sources of waste. Light is routinely
supplied to spaces where no one is present. Over-lighting occurs frequently
and there are vast differences in the efficiency of competing lighting sources
and in the way systems are designed to deliver light to where it is needed.
While the problem is global, we have the means to address this waste now.”

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