The 10 Billion Global Lighting Challenge

Countries are to race to install 10 billion energy efficient advanced lamps and lighting systems.
Published: Thu 11 Jun 2015

A new global race has been launched to accelerate the phase-in of high efficiency, high quality and affordable advanced lamps and lighting systems, with a target of achieving cumulative global sales of 10 billion units as fast as possible.

A coalition of governments, including Australia, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Korea, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, Sweden, the United States and the Directorate-General for Energy of the European Commission, have so far endorsed the challenge. Additional governments, including the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, have indicated their intent to join the race, which will have a full launch by the end of 2015.

Lamps and lighting systems envisaged will include light-emitting diode (LED) lamps with integral controls, outdoor lights with control and off-grid quality-assured systems.

Global Lighting Challenge

The Global Lighting Challenge, which was launched at the Clean Energy Ministerial last month, will provide a platform for bringing together supporting actions and other contributions from governments, companies, development organizations and philanthropies.

Globally, lighting is responsible for between 15% and 19% of electricity consumption and 5% to 6% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Over 1 billion people globally lack access to modern energy services, relying on highly polluting solutions for their lighting needs resulting in substantial environmental and health impacts. [Sustainable Energy For All Requires $1trn Annually] Replacing the current global stock of indoor and outdoor on-grid lighting with high efficiency and high quality advanced lighting systems could save more than US$120 billion in avoided costs for electricity, kerosene, and candles, as well as US$233 billion in avoided capital investment in new large coal-fired power plants, according to UNEP. Associated CO2 emissions would be reduced by 534 million metric tons per year. Additional savings could be achieved by incorporating lighting control strategies.

In a recent report Navigant Research has estimated that total residential and commercial LED lamp and luminaire annual shipments will reach 4.1 billion by 2024, with cumulative shipments for the commercial sector reaching around 10.7 billion between 2014 and 2023. Prices are dropping while performance continues to increase.

Goals of the Global Lighting Challenge

Overarching goals of the Challenge include

• Highlighting and helping to accelerate existing national and international efficient lighting adoption activities and leveraging the work of international initiatives such as the World Bank’s Lighting Global programme and the International Energy Agency’s Solid-State Lighting programme.

• Seeking supporting actions from energy and related ministries, public sector organizations, private sector manufacturers, institutional buyers and funders that may contribute to reaching the Challenge target.

The CEM Global Lighting Challenge Working Group intends to identify technical partners to inform the development of a set of categories of performance that can be used to distinguish high efficiency, high quality and affordable advanced lamps and lighting systems.