Smarter lighting would save US$ 110b, summit told
News from The Malaysian Insider:

RIO DE JANEIRO, June 24 — Efficient lighting would save US$ 110 billion (RM330 billion) a year worldwide, according to a UN-led study published at the Rio+20 summit on Thursday.

Yearly savings in phasing out incandescent bulbs and making other simple changes would amount to around five percent of global electricity consumption, it said.

It would reduce worldwide output of carbon dioxide (CO2), the main greenhouse gas, by six per cent — the equivalent of more than 450 coal-fired power plants or more than 122 million mid-sized cars, it said.

The report was released by the UN Environment Program (UNEP) and the Global Environment Facility, in conjunction with the International Energy Agency (IEA).

The figures come from an assessment of 150 countries.

Fourteen countries are to be enrolled in a pilot project to develop national plans to phase in fluorescent bulbs or light-emitting diode (LED) lamps. — AFP/Relaxnews

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