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Energy: Light Bulbs

Volume 684: debated on Thursday 20 July 2006

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What is their assessment of the likelihood of the retail sector promoting increases in the purchase by consumers of 11 watt compact fluorescent lamp light bulbs, which are needed for new energy savings, without government intervention.[HL6815]

The Government are already working to raise product standards and encourage consumers to use the most efficient products available. This includes light bulbs.

My department and HM Treasury are working with major retailers and the Energy Saving Trust to introduce voluntary schemes to raise the energy efficiency of the goods they sell. Initially it is expected that these schemes will focus on consumer electronics, but they may be expanded to other products.

Defra's Market Transformation Programme (MTP) supports measures such as the mandatory EU energy labelling scheme (the “A to G label”) which, for domestic light bulbs, has been mandatory since 1 January 2001. Energy labels provide clear and easily recognisable information about the energy consumption and performance of domestic products on a seven-point scale ranging from “A” (most efficient) to “G” (least efficient), thus enabling consumers to make a considered choice when purchasing energy-consuming products.

MTP also works with the Lighting Association, the Lighting Industry Federation, the Energy Saving Trust and the Energy Efficiency Partnership to promote energy-efficient lighting that is both commercially viable and acceptable to consumers.

The Energy Saving Trust endorses and vigorously promotes the best lighting products under its energy efficiency recommended scheme, and building regulations require new housing to have a minimum number of energy-efficient fittings.

Under the energy efficiency commitment, electricity and gas suppliers are required to meet targets for the promotion of improvements in domestic energy efficiency. They do this by encouraging and assisting household consumers to take up energy-efficient measures, including compact fluorescent lamps.