© Shutterstock The quickest and most cost-effective way to mitigate climate change is by improving energy efficiency. Energy efficient appliances and equipment, such as lighting, air conditioners, refrigerators, electric motors, transformers and information technology, are important to reducing global energy demand. Efficient products are available today and offer better services for a lower cost over their lifetime. Shifting global markets to efficient appliances can reduce global electricity consumption by 10% and save 350 billion US$ on electricity bills. Efficient lighting alone could reduce electricity demand for lighting by more than 32%, avoid 3.5 Gt of CO2 and save over $ 108 billion annually in avoided electricity bills to consumers.

Core Lighting Efficiency Policies
International experience shows that integrated policy approaches significantly increase the chances of a successful transition to efficient products, leading to permanent energy, climate, financial, and environmental benefits. An integrated policy approach to efficient products includes a combination of:
• Minimum energy performance standards, to ensure the efficiency, performance and quality of energy-saving products, leading to a permanent removal of obsolete technologies from markets.
• Supporting mechanisms to promote the demand and deployment for energy-saving products, through utility programmes, rebates, favorable fiscal policies or market based mechanisms (NAMAs).
• Monitoring, verification and enforcement to ensure adequate surveillance of markets and discourage the distribution of non-compliant products.
• Environmentally sound management of products, to avoid the leakage of hazardous and electronic waste (present in the technologies) into the environment; and to foster the development of a circular economy and the creation of jobs.


Here you can download the flyer for the Lighting Energy Efficiency Accelerator. 

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16 JUNE 2019