Efficient lighting technology

The EU is the most brightly lit area in Europe. Lighting alone accounts for 14% of EU energy used. By switching to modern energy efficient lighting technology a significant amount of energy could be saved as opposed to using old inefficient technology. It is estimated that 41 million tonnes of CO2 could be saved every year. This would represent 10% of the cut in greenhouse gases the EU promised to make at the 1997 Kyoto climate talks. By switching from old incandescent tungsten type lighting to new energy efficient compact fluorescent lighting (CFL) it may be possible to save 80% of lighting costs per year.

This video provides further information on energy use in lighting and new initiatives throughout European member states.

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