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APEC Energy Working Group Endorses Global Lighting Challenge

Friday, April 15, 2016

APEC Energy Working Group Endorses Global Lighting Challenge

The APEC EWG has endorsed the Clean Energy Ministerial’s Global Lighting Challenge.

The Asia–Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Energy Working Group (EWG) recently endorsed the Clean Energy Ministerial’s Global Lighting Challenge (GLC), a campaign to accelerate the transition to highly energy-efficient lighting. The GLC is a race to deploy 10 billion high-efficiency, high-quality and affordable advanced lamps and lighting systems, such as LEDs.

The potential to reduce energy usage and greenhouse gas emissions through lighting is a focus of APEC economies. The EWG works toward implementing key goals and priorities mandated by energy ministers and APEC leaders through capacity building, information sharing, and implementation of joint projects. Energy efficiency and low-carbon measures have been emphasized to help fulfill the leaders’ goal of reducing energy intensity by 45% by 2035 (with a 2005 baseline). To that end, several individual economies have implemented energy-efficient lighting, such as LED lamps, as one measure to reduce energy consumption.

The EWG meets formally twice a year to discuss developments and progress on energy policy issues. At the 50th EWG meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii, representatives agreed to endorse the GLC, thus demonstrating APEC’s commitment to further energy efficiency goals.

About the EWG

The EWG is a voluntary, regionally based forum operating under the APEC umbrella with participation by all 21 APEC economies. Policy officials and technical experts from the member economies work to build domestic and regional capacity aimed at strengthening energy security, promoting energy efficiency and sustainable communities, developing cleaner energy sources, and enhancing trade and investment in all energy sources to promote economic prosperity.

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