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A Lighting Challenge for the World

Lighting accounts for 15% of global electricity consumption and 5% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Accelerating the transition to energy efficient lighting could be one of the most significant short-term initiatives to improve economic and climate conditions around the world.

Lighting Goes Global

Building on and inspired by, the Indian Government’s ambitious goal to deploy 800 million of high quality, high efficiency lights through the UJALA program, the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) launched the Global Lighting Challenge (GLC) in May 2015 at CEM6. The GLC is an “everybody wins” race where policymakers and members of industry to deploy 10 billion high efficiency, high quality lighting products.

Since its launch, the GLC has built a public-private volunteer coalition of more than 60 governments, manufacturers, retailers, and expert groups with commitments totaling more than 14 billion high quality, high efficiency lighting products.  A few major accomplishments are:

Sweden’s Lighting Challenge

Just a year after the GLC launch at CEM6, Sweden launched their own lighting challenge. In May 2016, Minister Ibrahim Baylan launched Belysningsutmaningen, or “Lighting Challenge,” as Sweden’s GLC commitment.

Together with public and private actors, the Swedish government now races to reduce electricity demand for lighting by 50% by 2020 and challenges other countries to follow suit. Ahead of the launch, Minister Baylan met with several public and private sector actors to offer information on the Global Lighting Challenge.

The Swedish Energy Agency is in a unique position to reach out to Swedish organizations and companies and spur local pride for their lighting challenge, something the GLC cannot do on its own.

About GLC

The GLC elevates efforts to promote efficient lighting policies – including the CEM’s Super-efficient Equipment and Appliance Deployment initiative and Global Lighting Energy and Access Energy Partnership, United Nations Environment Programme and Global Environment Facility’s en.lighten initiative, International Finance Corporation’s Lighting Global, International Energy Agency’s Energy Efficient End-Use Equipment Solid State Lighting Annex, and The Climate Group.

The GLC is endorsed by Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Korea, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the United States, and the European Commission.


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