Energy: Light Bulbs

House of Lords written question – answered on 5th March 2007.

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Photo of Lord Jones of Cheltenham Lord Jones of Cheltenham Liberal Democrat

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they have any plans to phase out incandescent light bulbs in order to lower carbon emissions, bearing in mind the recent success of such a scheme in Australia.

Photo of Lord Rooker Lord Rooker Minister of State (Sustainable Farming and Food), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) (Sustainable Farming and Food), The Minister of State, Northern Ireland Office

The Government remain committed to working with other Governments, manufacturers and retailers to phase out the least efficient light bulbs.

As members of the European Union (EU) single market, neither the UK nor any other member state can unilaterally phase out inefficient products. Such actions need to be taken by member states acting together.

The eco-design for energy-using products framework directive provides a forum for considering options and priorities for establishing energy efficiency standards for energy-using products. Following pressure from the UK and other member states, domestic lighting products have now been added to the list of priority products for consideration. An initial scoping study will begin in the next few months.

We are also discussing with retailers and manufacturers how we can remove the bulk of inefficient lighting products from UK shelves in advance of any mandatory EU action.

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