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Ministers to back EU incandescent lamp ban from 2010

September 26, 2008

Ministers to back EU incandescent lamp ban from 2010

Sales of energy-guzzling light bulbs such as incandescent lamps for domestic use could be banned in Europe from 2010. France is expecting the resolution to be adopted by the EU energy ministers at the meeting next month.

The resolution will not have a legislative effect but is intended to give political momentum to the implementation of EU laws on energy labelling and energy using products (EuPs), and to speed up the adoption of energy-efficiency standards for range of appliances.

This year the European commission will propose a phase-out of incandescent lamps and other inefficient light bulbs as part of the measures on domestic lighting implementing the EuP Directive. It is not yet known when this process will begin and how long it will last.

European lamp manufacturers support the idea of the ban but they want it to be applied from 2015, not 2010. The two sides seem to have to reconcile their differences.

For further information visit the EDS Europe Daily web site (site registration required)

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