EU nations agree to phase out standard
Dec 8, 2008 - The Associated Press
European Union nations agreed Monday to phase
out sales of standard light bulbs by 2012 as part
of their efforts to save energy and reduce global
The EU says the switch to low-energy light bulbs
will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 12 million
metric tons (13.2 million tons) a year. It claims
the energy saved will be the equivalent to the entire
electricity consumption of Romania or the output
of 10 power stations.
After approval by the European Parliament, EU officials
hope the phase out of traditional bulbs will begin
in March 2009.
After its adoption, consumers will be able to chose
between long-life fluorescent lamps or halogen laps.
The EU say they will bring energy savings of 25
percent to 75 percent compared to traditional incandescent
The EU says the measure will save households up
to euro50 (US$64) a year and pump up to euro10 billion
(US$13 billion) into the economy.
"European homes will keep the same quality of lighting,
while saving energy, CO2 and money," Energy Commissioner
Andris Piebalgs said.
The measure is part of a series of energy-saving
measures planned by the EU to cut emissions of greenhouse
gases blamed for global warming and reduce energy
Several nations including Australia, New Zealand,
Canada and the Philippines have already announced
they will phase out or restrict sales of traditional
The incandescent bulb, which is little changed
since Thomas Edison invented it, uses more power
than energy-saving fluorescent light bulbs and halogen