Qatar issues ban on incandescent bulbs
In the first phase of the ongoing programme, the ban will apply to 75 and 100 watts bulbs, before being extended to other areas
Qatar has banned the importation and sale of incandescent tungsten bulbs as part of the country’s efforts to conserve power.
In the first phase of the ongoing programme, the ban will apply to 75 and 100 watts bulbs, before being extended to other areas.
A statement issued by Qatar General Electricity & Water Corporation (Kahramaa) said the ban was part of its conservation campaign, Tarsheed, which aims to reduce electricity and water consumption and minimise harmful carbon emission.
Kahramaa said that along with the Ministry of Municipality and Environment and other entities, it had succeeded in convincing the government to enact a regulation to prevent the import and sale of all types of “high-glowing incandescent tungsten bulbs (75 and 100 watts) in Qatar effective May.
The National Programme of Conservation and Energy Efficiency (Tarsheed) has launched a series of campaigns to raise awareness about the negative impacts of incandescent lamps and to encourage the usage of energy-saving LED (light-emitting diode) bulbs/lights, which are long-lasting and save 80% of energy as compared to the usual incandescent bulbs. Lighting takes 15-20% of the total energy consumed by a building.