New Partnership to Push for Energy-Efficient Lighting Across Asia
Higher Quality Lighting to Reduce Carbon Emissions by Millions of Tons
The immediate focus of the ALC will be on improving the quality of energy-
saving compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) manufactured and sold in
Over 50 lighting industry leaders and government representatives attended
the launch, which was held at the Hong Kong International Lighting Fair. The
event was opened by the Acting U.S. Consul-General in
"This initiative comes at exactly the right time, when governments around
the world are trying to find ways to address climate change and Asian
countries in particular are concerned about energy security," said
In 2007, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) published a
landmark report that indicated that as many as half of the CFLs sold in
To address this problem, the ALC has set up the Asia Quality Registry, an online system that allows lighting manufacturers and suppliers to register their quality products. CFLs that qualify for the Registry will be ranked on a three-tier scale based on international quality standards, and will be accessible to buyers of CFLs from around the region.
"The ALC's efforts to harmonize standards can help to lower production and qualification costs for suppliers of quality products," said Gao Ming, Lighting Technology Manager for GE Asia. "At the same time, buyers and consumers can be assured that these products meet international standards."
The ALC resulted from an agreement in
"It is very important that the ALC is a public-private partnership right
from the start,"
Funding and support for the ALC has come from the U.S. Agency for
International Development (USAID), the Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean
Development and Climate (APP), and
The founding members of the ALC include SG CFLi Philips Lighting, GE
Lighting and Industrial, Lighting Council Australia, Philippine Lighting
Industry Association, ELI Quality Certification Institute, Havells Sylvania,
Danson Electronics (HK) Ltd. Danson Electronics Pty Ltd, Zhejiang Yankon Group
Co., Ltd., International CFL Harmonization Initiative (CFLI), Pure Spectrum,
and the Sustainable Energy Association of
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