The end is near. But that means that that Europe may begin to go green a little sooner.
EU energy ministers have recently agreed to ban incandescent filament light bulbs across all 27 member states beginning in 2010. That’s in addition to Australia, Cuba and the Philippines where bans have previously been announced to begin in the same year.
Here in the U.S.A, we are coming a little late to the party because our ban doesn’t start until 2014.
The Energy Independence and Security Act, passed by the U.S in June 2007, requires 25 percent greater efficiency for light bulbs starting in 2012. This will effectively ban incandescents. The EU's decision comes days before it lifts duties on energy-efficient bulbs imported from China.
According to the conservationists if the EU switches off incandescent bulbs, it will cut energy consumption for lighting by 60% and CO2 emissions by 30 million tons (out of the 4 billion tons emitted by the EU every year. That’s not a lot, but it is still progress.
And no one says you have to wait to start conserving energy now. Replacing old-style “filament” light bulbs with energy saving compact fluorescent bulbs can save you energy and money starting the moment that you install them.
And who knows? By 2014, maybe the lighting industry will have come up with something even better.