Great news for the environment, China is going to phase out its use of incandescent bulbs that are 100-watt and higher. Announced by the country’s main planning agency on October 1st 2012, China will ban imports and sales of such high energy consuming bulbs and on October 1st 2014, will extend the bulb to 60 watt bulbs. China will not stop there though; the ban will extend to 15 watt bulbs on October 1st 2016! What an amazing policy for the environment!
The UK is one among many countries where such high energy consuming light bulbs as are currently used in China are close to being completely phased out, the population purchasing g4 led bulbs instead, for example. The USA is banning the production and sale of incandescent light bulbs in 2012 and the European Union agreed in 2008 to phase them out entirely by 2012. Mounting pressure has been exerted on China to follow suit and finally the country has succumbed to international demands. Environmentalists rejoice!
China should find the transition rather easy as it is, after all, the worldâ€™s largest producer of light bulbs. Chinaâ€™s shift from incandescent bulbs to energy-saving ones marks a true global shift in lighting. The change means that China will save a whopping 48 billion kilowatt hours of power per year and will also have carbon dioxide emissions reduced by 48 million tons annually.