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Introducing the CEM Global Lighting Challenge #GLC #10BillionBulbs

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

The CEM Global Lighting Challenge (GLC) will be formally launched at the Paris climate conference (COP21) in December 2015.
Lighting accounts for more than 15% of the world’s electricity consumption – more than the electricity generated by all the nuclear power stations in the world – and around 5% of worldwide greenhouse gas emissions. What’s more, 1.4 billion people around the world lack access to modern energy services, including reliable lighting, and are instead using energy sources such as kerosene that pose serious environmental and health risks.1

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In response to this issue, the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) is launching the Global Lighting Challenge (GLC). The Global Lighting Challenge is a race to reach cumulative global sales of 10 billion high-efficiency, high-quality, and affordable lighting products (such as light-emitting diodes – LEDs) as quickly as possible. The GLC brings together and elevates efforts to promote efficient lighting policies including the CEM’s Super-efficient Equipment and Appliance Deployment (SEAD) initiative and Global Lighting Energy and Access Energy Partnership (Global LEAP), United Nations Environment Programme and Global Environment Facility’s en.lighten initiative, International Finance Corporation’s Lighting Global, and International Energy Agency’s Energy Efficient End-Use Equipment Solid State Lighting Annex.

An overnight global transition to highly efficient LED lamps could avoid 735 Mt of CO2 emissions, equivalent to displacing nearly 250 coal-fired power plants around the world. In the off-grid lighting sector, displacing fuel-based light sources like kerosene and candles with solar-powered LED lanterns would save $25 to $33 billion in fuel costs alone.2

Since its preliminary launch in May 2015 at the Sixth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM6), the GLC has been endorsed by a growing coalition of CEM governments. These include Australia, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Korea, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, Sweden, the United States, and the Directorate-General for Energy of the European Commission. By endorsing the GLC, these countries agree to highlight and help accelerate existing national and international efficient lighting adoption activities, and seek supporting actions, consistent with the GLC’s guiding principles, such as promoting super-efficient and high-quality off-grid lighting systems. The formal launch of the GLC will take place at COP21 in December 2015.

Ahead of COP21, the GLC is looking for inaugural participants to make commitments to stock, sell, promote, finance, or implement supporting policies encouraging the sales of advanced lighting products such as LEDs. These would be big and small businesses, retailers and manufacturers, regional and global development agencies, and local and national governments, to name a few. The initial commitments will be featured during the COP21 GLC launch event. If your organization is interested in making a commitment, please email to inquire about requirements and privileges or visit to sign up to receive GLC announcements and updates.

1 United Nations Development Programme. "Universal access to modern energy for the poor." Accessed October 2015.
2 United Nations Environment Programme. Policy Options to Accelerate the Global Transition to Advanced Lighting. November 2014. 

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