Subscribe free to our newsletters via your
  Energy News  

Subscribe free to our newsletters via your

Australia To Clip Greenhouse Gas Emmissions With Phase Out Of Inefficient Lighting

On the way out. Next step is compulsory solar hot water on all news dwellings and replacements.
by Staff Writers
Canberra, Australia (SPX) Feb 20, 2007
The Australia Government will use industry and product standards to force a phase out of incandescent light bulbs in prefence of new low watt compact fluorescent lights that can cut the typical lighting load of a house by 75% - even with all the house lights on at the same time. The step was announced by the Australian federal Environment minister Malcolm Turnbull MP who claims Australia's greenhouse gas emissions will be reduced by 4 million tonnes through to 2012.

The reduction in emissions will increase as the phase out progresses and the annual average reduction between 2008-2012 is estimated at around 800,000 tonnes. However, by 2015 the annual cut in emissions will have soared to an estimated 4 million tonnes per annum.

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

"But it is still very inefficient. We have been using incandescent light bulbs for 125 years and up to 90 per cent of the energy each light bulb uses is wasted, mainly as heat."

"A normal light bulb is too hot to hold - that heat is wasted and globally represents millions of tonnes of CO2 that needn't have been emitted into the atmosphere if we had used more efficient forms of lighting."

"These more efficient lights, such as the compact fluorescent light bulb, use around 20 per cent of the electricity to produce the same amount of light."

"A compact fluorescent light bulb can last between 4 and 10 times longer than the average incandescent light bulb, which can lead to major savings in household energy costs."

"While they may be more expensive to buy up front, they can pay for themselves in lower power bills within a year."

In Australia, lighting currently represents around 12 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions from households, and around 25 per cent of emissions from the commercial sector.

Working with its state and territory counterparts, the Australian Government will gradually phase out all inefficient light bulbs and is aiming for full enforcement of new lighting standards legislation by 2009 to 2010. Special needs areas, such as medical lighting and oven lights, will be taken into consideration.

The Government will also work with the world's largest manufacturers of light bulbs, including China, to broaden the benefits beyond Australia.

"The International Energy Agency has estimated that if all countries made the global switch to compact fluorescent lights that by 2030, annually it would save energy equivalent to more than 5 years of Australia's current electricity consumption," Mr Turnbull said.

"The climate change challenge is a global one. I encourage other countries to follow Australia's lead and make the switch to more energy efficient products like compact fluorescent light bulbs."

Email This Article
Comment On This Article

Related Links
Powering The World in the 21st Century at
Powering The World in the 21st Century at

Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News

Scientists Convert Heat To Power Using Organic Molecules
Berkeley CA (SPX) Feb 20, 2007
Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, have successfully generated electricity from heat by trapping organic molecules between metal nanoparticles, an achievement that could pave the way toward the development of a new source for energy. The discovery, described in a study published today (Thursday, Feb. 15) in Science Express, an electronic publication of the journal Science, is a milestone in the quest for efficient ways to directly convert heat into electricity.

  • Scientists Convert Heat To Power Using Organic Molecules
  • Wild Grass Could Hold Key To Clean Fuels Of The Future
  • For US Global Warming Is Now Hot
  • Australia To Clip Greenhouse Gas Emmissions With Phase Out Of Inefficient Lighting

  • Swedish nuclear reactor shut down
  • Britain Forced To Rethink Nuclear Power Plans
  • Russia Set To Launch First Unit Of NPP In India In 2008
  • Second Romanian Reactor Loaded With Nuclear Fuel

  • Global Assimilation Of Ionospheric Measurements Model Goes Operational
  • Airborne Dust Causes Ripple Effect on Climate Far Away
  • U.S. wood-fired boilers cause concern
  • Climate Change Affecting Outermost Atmosphere Of Earth

  • Afghan Women Grow Trees To Lift Their Own Lives
  • US Hails Borneo Rainforest Deal
  • Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei Agree To Save "Heart Of Borneo"
  • Illegal Logging Threatens Endangered Orangutans

  • Ban Subsidies To Deep-Sea Fishing Bandits
  • Roses Are Red But Chocolate Can Be Green
  • Architectural Plan Revealed Of Doomsday Arctic Seed Vault
  • Doomsday Vault Will Protect Millions Of Seeds

  • Posh Areas Cough Up As London Expands Traffic Toll Zone
  • Robot-driven cars on roads by 2030
  • Talking Urinals Discourage Drunken Driving
  • Fuel-Efficient Car Gap Growing In The US As Choice Strangled By Regulation

  • Can UABC Take Russian Aircraft-Makers Out Of Spin
  • Superjet To Be Tested For Strength
  • Anger As Britons Face Air Tax Hike
  • Bats In Flight Reveal Unexpected Aerodynamics

  • Could NASA Get To Pluto Faster? Space Expert Says Yes - By Thinking Nuclear
  • NASA plans to send new robot to Jupiter
  • Los Alamos Hopes To Lead New Era Of Nuclear Space Tranportion With Jovian Mission
  • Boeing Selects Leader for Nuclear Space Systems Program

  • The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2006 - SpaceDaily.AFP and UPI Wire Stories are copyright Agence France-Presse and United Press International. ESA PortalReports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additionalcopyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by SpaceDaily on any Web page published or hosted by SpaceDaily. Privacy Statement