Through the En.lighten initiative UNEP is promoting the transition to energy-efficient lighting.
This is one of the most straightforward and cost-effective approaches to mitigating climate change, with potential annual CO2 reductions of 490 million tonnes – equivalent to the emissions of Italy and Denmark.
Few actions could reduce carbon emissions as inexpensively and easily as the phase-out of inefficient lighting and making sure that any new lighting uses environmentally sustainable technology\
In 2012, 46 countries joined the initiative as partners, and phase-out activities began in 14 countries.
New Country Lighting Assessments highlighted the energy, financial and CO2 savings potential for the domestic, commercial and street lighting sectors in 150 countries.
From its inception in 1972, UNEP has always been at the forefront of the fight to keep the world’s oceans clean. Among its early achievements was agreement on the landmark Mediterranean Action Plan which, itself spawned in 1974 spawned the Regional Seas Programme, which today remains one of UNEP’s most significant achievements.
The Regional Seas Programme aims to address the accelerating degradation of the world’s oceans and coastal areas through the sustainable management and use of the marine and coastal environment, by engaging neighbouring countries in comprehensive and specific actions to protect their shared marine environment. It has accomplished this by stimulating the creation of Regional Seas programmes prescriptions for sound environmental management to be coordinated and implemented by countries sharing a common body of water.
Today, more than 143 countries participate in 13 Regional Seas programmes established under the auspices of UNEP: Black Sea, Wider Caribbean, East Asian Seas, Eastern Africa, South Asian Seas, ROPME Sea Area, Mediterranean, North-East Pacific, Northwest Pacific, Red Sea and Gulf of Aden, South-East Pacific, Pacific, and Western Africa. Six of these programmes, are directly administered by UNEP.