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Environment Protection: Lighting

Volume 469: debated on Monday 10 December 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps the Government has taken to promote the use of energy saving light bulbs. (171835)

[holding answer 6 December 2007]: The number of efficient light bulbs in UK homes rose from 26 million in 2000, to 110 million in 2006. However, we recognise that more can be done to encourage their use.

We are working with retailers, manufacturers, energy suppliers and the Energy Saving Trust, to voluntarily phase out inefficient light bulbs by 2011 in the UK, ahead of our European partners.

This is supported by the “EU Energy” and “Energy Saving Recommended” labels, which provide consumers with appropriate information on the energy efficiency of products.

Replacing bulbs with energy efficient alternatives will save up to 5 million tonnes of CO2 from electricity generation per year by 2012 and will also help reduce householders’ energy bills.