octubre 2, 2013

Minister of Energy and FCh present a National Strategy for Efficient Lighting

The Chilean Ministry of Energy, in collaboration with Fundación Chile, successfully developed a national coordinated schemeto enable the transition to efficient lighting. The National Strategy for Efficient Lighting was developed through a process that began with a workshop held in September 2012, developed to identify the tools and expertise necessary to discontinue the use of inefficient incandescent lamps.

Chile is a member of the Global Alliance for Efficient Lighting that is part of the en.lighten initiative of the United Nations Environment Program and the Fund for Global Environment. The en.lighten initiative aims to overcome the challenges to accelerate the transformation of the global lighting market towards more efficient technologies, through the provision of technical support to guide the discontinuation of inefficient technologies on the market. Chile was selected as a model country and has received support to ensure a sustainable transition towards efficient lighting.

The Secretary of Energy, Sergio del Campo Fayet, beganthe event and tookthe opportunity to highlight that the national strategy on efficient lighting is one of the national priorities. «»The first foundationof the national energy strategy is precisely the energy efficiency«» he said, and added that «»considering the limited resources that the country has to produce energy (…) the challenge of energy efficiency becomes even more important«».

A transition towards a more efficient lighting in the country would save an estimated amount of USD $486.4 million per year in electricity costs. Chile would save a total of 2.8 Terawatts of electricity per hour, equivalent to almost 5% of total electricity consumption in the country or to 4 medium size power plants. Over 1.2 million tons of CO2 would also be saved, equivalent to the emissions of 300,000 medium size cars.

Fundación Chile, a leading organization on renewable energy and energy efficiency in the country, in associationwith the en.lighten initiative wants to carry out the transition towards efficient lighting as one of its priority programs.

The National Strategy for Efficient Lighting follows the principles of en.lighten’s integrated approach, which include: minimum standards of energy efficiency; policies and mechanisms of support; monitoring, verification and enforcement; and sustainable environmental management.

«»To achieve a permanent and sustainable transition towards efficient lighting, the national lighting strategies should follow the integrated approach and incorporate global best practices,»» said Gustavo Máñez, General Coordinator of the en.lighten initiative. «»We are pleased that Chile is following this model»». 

The priority actions of the NCC now include training for the monitoring, verification and inspection, and the development of a comprehensive lighting products’ management system at the end of their useful life. Technological innovation will also be promoted through LED lamps, controls and sensors.

Chile’s National Strategy for Efficient Lighting will undergo a 30-day public consultation process before its completion.


About the UNEP / GEF en.lighten initiative

The en.lighten initiative was established to accelerate the transformation of the global lighting market towards sustainable technologies through the development of a global strategy and the provision of technical support for the discontinuation of inefficient lighting. The project is financed by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and implemented by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), in collaboration with the leading global manufacturers of lighting materials, Philips and Osram, and the National Testing Center of China (NLTC). 

Few actions can reduce carbon emissions in such an economic and quick way as the transition to efficient lighting, which makes it one of the most economical and effective action to mitigate climate change. The initiative is determined to end inefficient incandescent lighting by 2016.