HONG KONG, Oct. 29 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- The Asia Lighting Compact (ALC), a
partnership comprising governments, regional lighting associations and the
world's largest lighting manufacturers, was launched today in Hong Kong to
support the widespread adoption of high-quality, energy efficient lighting in
The immediate focus of the ALC will be on improving the quality of energy-
saving compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) manufactured and sold in Asia.
Initial estimates indicate that a transition to higher-quality CFLs could
result in substantial reductions in regional energy consumption and reduce
Asia's overall carbon emissions by at least 2.4 million metric tons a year.
This is the equivalent of planting nearly 300,000 hectares of trees or
removing nearly 450,000 cars from the roads. The reduction in energy
consumption would yield enough electricity to light 2.8 million homes for a
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 Hong Kong, Christopher J.
"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 Jesus M.
Pineda, Jr., President of the Philippine Lighting Industry Association. "The
Asia Lighting Compact can help Asian governments reach their energy and
climate goals while also protecting consumers."
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 Asia
were substandard -- producing less light or burning out faster than advertised
or required by national regulations. These substandard lamps not only fail to
save as much energy as advertised, but they also reduce consumers' confidence
in CFLs and energy-saving products in general.
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 July 2008 by lighting companies,
manufacturers, lighting councils and associations to develop a quality system
for CFLs in Asia. Participants in that agreement, along with partners in the
Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate (which includes
Australia, Canada, China, India, Japan, Korea, and the United States),
supported the establishment of the ALC as an independent, non-profit
organization to implement this quality system.
"It is very important that the ALC is a public-private partnership right
from the start," Shyam Sujan, Secretary General of the Electric Lamp Component
Manufacturers' Association of India (ELCOMA). "It shows how serious lighting
manufacturers, lighting associations and governments in Asia are about
addressing the issues of energy efficiency and climate change."
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 Australia's Department of Environment,
Water, Heritage, and the Arts (DEWHA).
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 Singapore (SEAS), the Australian
Government Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts, and
the USAID ECO-Asia Clean Development and Climate Program.
SOURCE Asia Lighting Compact