Energy efficient lighting holds major potential for CO2 cuts

Improvements in the energy efficiency of commercial and domestic lighting could make a significant contribution towards the Government's target to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 20% between 1990-2010, according to a discussion paper for the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions (DETR).1 Policy options for achieving the savings include a voluntary agreement between the Government and the lighting industry, as well as mandatory instruments such as building energy rating schemes and changes to the building regulations.

As part of its policy to curb CO2 emissions, the Government is developing a strategy to promote energy-efficient appliances based on "market transformation" measures designed to encourage energy-efficient products and remove the worst performers (ENDS Report 273, pp 30-31 ). As a next step it will be is

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