UNEP Study Details Worldwide CFL Savings

We all know there are savings to be had by switching to more energy-efficient lighting at the household level. But how about the national level? The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), in conjunction with Osram Sylvania and Phillips, has the answers, which it hopes will convince countries around the world to either make the switch now or leap-frog inefficient lighting entirely.

If the Ukraine made the switch from incandescents to compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), according to UNEP study, the country could save $210 million a year and cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 2 million tons of CO2 a year, the equivalent of taking half a million cars off the road annually. South Africa could save US$280 million a year and Mexico $900 million.

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In the case of the Indonesia, a switch to energy-efficient lighting now could not only save the country $1 billion a year, it could negate the necessity of building  3.5 coal-fired power stations later to the tune of $2.5 billion, according to Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary General and UNEP Executive Director.

These numbers come courtesy of The 100 Country Lighting Assessment, part of the recently launched  ‘en.lighten initiative’- a partnership led by UNEP with the help of global lighting giants Osram Sylvania and Philips. The initiative provides detailed market assessments of the environmental and economic potential of a switch to efficient lighting in 100 countries, analyzing the benefits of shifting from increasingly obsolete incandescent technology to compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs). Even more savings could be had worldwide, courtesy of LED bulbs, as well as the replacement of inefficient tube lights and/or inefficient halogens.

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Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.