Policy status:In Force
Date Effective:2007
Policy Type:Regulatory Instruments>Codes and standards, Regulatory Instruments, Regulatory Instruments>Codes and standards>Product standards
Policy Target:Appliances, Appliances>Residential, Appliances>Commercial, Commercial services/Tertiary
Agency:Department of the Environment and Energy

On 20 February 2007, the Australian Environment Minister announced the phasing out of inefficient incandescent bulbs as part of initiatives to curb greenhouse gas emissions. The policy promotes efficient lighting alternatives including compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) to replace incandescent lightbulbs. Working with the state and territory governments, the Australian government is implementing the phase-out by introducing minimum energy performance standards (MEPS) for lighting products. MEPS are the efficiency standards that products must meet in order to be sold in the Australian market. The MEPS are being applied to lighting products in a staged approach between 2009 and 2015. It is expected that the move to more efficient lighting will save around 30 terawatt hours (TWh) of electricity and 28 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions between 2008 and 2020. To date it is estimated that the phase-out of incandescent light bulbs (along with state-based energy efficiency obligations schemes) is helping to save around 2.6 TWh of electricity each year. This saving is equivalent to the total annual electricity consumption of 150 000 homes. The average household is estimated to be saving 300 kWh and USD 60 per annum. The first inefficient lamps to be phased out were traditional pear-shaped incandescent general lighting service (GLS) light bulbs. Better quality halogen lights will continue to be available, but the least efficient of this group will be phased out. The phase-out plan commenced with the introduction of an import restriction on inefficient GLS light bulbs used for general lighting purposes from 1 February 2009. This was followed on 1 November 2009 with the application of MEPS at point of sale to CFLs, incandescent GLS lamps and extra low voltage (ELV) halogen non-reflector lamps. MEPS for linear fluorescent lamps and linear fluorescent lamp ballasts, the predominant lighting source in the commercial sector, have been applicable since October 2004 and March 2003 respectively.

Related policies:Equipment Energy Efficiency Program (E3)

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