Yesterday, the European Union officially began its phase-out of incandescent light bulbs. The phase-out will begin with the ban on imports of incandescents, although retailers will still be allowed to sell off their existing stock. By 2012, all incandescent light bulbs will be off the shelves and replaced with CFLs. The move could save an estimated 15 million tons of CO2 a year by 2020. Critics note that consumers have begun stockpiling incandescent bulbs, and that CFL s are more difficult to dispose of due to their mercury content. (Source: Energy Efficiency News, September 1, 2009)
Contact: Andris Kesteris, Head of Cabinet, Office of the European Commission’s Energy Commissioner Andris Pielbalgs, +00 3(2) 2296 5030, andriskesteris@ec.europa.eu, www.ec.europa.eu.