In 2011, CLASP developed ten safety, performance, and quality standards for light emitting diodes (LEDs) and helped India’s Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) and the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) accelerate the implementation of these policies. LEDs are an emerging lighting technology that is roughly six times more efficient than traditional incandescent lights and potentially twice as efficient as compact fluorescents.
Introducing highly efficient technologies into consumer markets is an effective way to reduce energy consumption and electricity costs. Safety, quality, and performance standards ensure that the new, more efficient products meet consumer expectations – allowing them to achieve high market share and reducing overall energy consumption from less efficient alternatives.
The new standards allowed LEDs to be sold on the Indian market, where they can achieve energy savings of about .3 MtCO2e cumulatively in 2020, substantially reducing electricity demand on India’s already overburdened electrical grids.
These LED standards made India the international front runner on comprehensive LED policies in 2012. CLASP continues to facilitate further efficient lighting initiatives in India, including the development of additional LED standards for BEE and supporting the deployment of the SEAD Initiative's Street Lighting Tool.
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