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Media Advisory: Stepping Up Efforts for a Global Switch to Energy Efficient Lighting

New Study Reveals Energy, Financial & CO2 Savings Potential in 100 Countries

By phasing-out inefficient lighting, countries have the potential to significantly reduce their energy consumption, CO2 emissions and financial costs.

A new assessment by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF), to be launched 1 December at the UN Climate Change meeting in Cancun, provides estimates of potential emissions reduction and savings that can be achieved by switching to energy efficient lighting technologies across 100 countries that have not yet initiated the transition.

By promoting the tangible benefits of efficient lighting it is anticipated that a growing number of countries will be interested in engaging in transformation activities to phase out inefficient lighting systems and reduce emissions. According to the International Energy Agency, electricity for lighting accounts for 19% of global power consumption and 6 to 8% of worldwide greenhouse gas.

Date: 1 December 2010

Time: 10:30 am

Location: Room 'Sol', Ground Floor, Moon Palace Expo Centre (Universal), Cancun


Bernard Jamet, UNEP Head, Technology Transfer Unit, DTIE

Wolfgang Gregor, OSRAM Sr. Vice-President, Sustainability

Harry Verhaar, Philips Lighting Sr. Director Energy and Climate Change

Zhihong Zhang, Climate Change Mitigation Coordinator, GEF

For more information please contact:

Nick Nuttall, UNEP Spokesperson/Head of Media, on Tel: +254 733 632755, +41 79 596 5737, E-mail: nick.nuttall@unep.org or Shereen Zorba, Head Newsdesk, on Tel: +254 713601259 , Email: unepnewsdesk@unep.org

Important - Media wishing to attend the en.lighten initiative side event at the Hilton Cancun Golf and Spa Resort on December 1st from 18:30 - 20:30 should RSVP to Laura Fuller at laura.fuller@unep.org for more details.

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Phasing-out inefficient lighting can significantly reduce energy consumption, CO2 emissions and financial costs.



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