UAE bans import of inefficient bulbs
The ban will help save US $182mn per year on energy bills
UAE will ban sale of inefficient bulbs in the country, Emirates Authority for Standardisation and Metrology (ESMA) announced. The ban, which will be inplemented from July 1, will help save US $182mn per year on energy bills.
The ban is part of an indoor lighting standard in the UAE that calls on residents and businesses to switch to energy efficient lighting.
"Local research as well as international best practice tells us that energy efficiency standards are proven to be a cost effective way to reduce energy usage and our carbon footprint. The new UAE lighting standard will reduce the country?s energy consumption by 340-500MW per year which is equivalent to not using an average gas power station for six months. By developing this standard, the Ecological Footprint Initiative is successfully achieving its mission, and is helping to bring economic and environmental benefits to the UAE," Rashid Bin Fahad, Minister of Environment and Water and the Chairman of the initiative's steering committee said.
As per the new rules, incandescent bulbs will have to be replaced by CFLs, LEDs and halogens.