Thursday, March 01, 2007


Australia could Ban-the-Bulb by 2009

Australia could be the first country to ban the sale of the old fashioned wasteful incandescent light bulbs in favor of energy-efficient CFL bulbs. Malcolm Turnbull, the Australian federal environment minister, has said he would work to get rid of incandescent bulbs by 2009 or 2010.

He said; "The most effective and immediate way we can reduce greenhouse-gas emissions is by using energy more efficiently,” "Electric lighting is a vital part of our lives; globally it generates emissions equal to 70 percent of those from all the world's passenger vehicles."

Australia has used similar means to phase out water-thirsty lavatory cisterns and high-pressure showerheads.

“The first step would be to work with manufacturers, importers, wholesalers and retailers to encourage them to phase out incandescent bulbs and make sure there were enough appropriate fluorescent bulbs available”. "Once the main players have removed those inefficient products, that investment in better quality and more efficient product will be protected by regulation" "The actual enforcement would be conducted by state and territory energy efficiency and consumer protection agencies."

Australia could possibly be the first country to implement such a plan. "It's a little thing but it's a massive change," said Mr Turnbull. Mr. Turnbull also said that he hoped the rest of the world would follow Australia's lead in banning the traditional bulbs.


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