1 September 2016, this had to be the deadline to substitute the halogen light bulb of c class and less, replaced by LED technology, in according to the guidelines of European Community from 2009.
Instead of 17 April 2015, member states accepted the piece of legislation of the technical commission on the Ecodesign directive, wich oversee eco-save bulb and electrical appliances sold in Europe to postpone elimination of the halogen bulbs to 1 September 2018.
There would be a lot of benefits about this change, both the economic point of view, because this means an economic saving for european citizens of 6,6 billion of euro in the invoice (780 millions for the italians), and eco save’s point of view of 33TWh of energy every year.
Davide Sabbiadin, person in charge for Legambiente eco-save’s, underline:
“Lighting in Europe exhausts 340 Twh of electricity every year: The same as household electrical consumption of Italy, France and United Kingdom together. To postpone of two years the exit of the worse bulb means renouncing to 33 Twh of eco savings.”
From the opposite side and according to a study drawn up by VHK/VITO for the European Commission, keeping to the original deadline would result in the direct loss of over 10,000 jobs – most in Germany – and a loss of EU-based lamp manufacturing firms to regions with laxer regulatory regimes. Even if there was time to adapt themselves, it seems that isn’t enough and the only ones to lose out are the european citizens.
(Source: The Guardian)
We hope that 1 September of 2018 will be the last deadline for this useful change, because Lighting Europe and others would prefer 2020.
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