CEM’s Global Lighting Challenge exceeds goal, achieves commitment of 14 billion lighting products

The Clean Energy Minister’s Global Lighting Challenge was a resounding success, surpassing its goal of a cumulative global roll-out of 10 billion high-efficiency, high-quality, and affordable lighting products, with 14 billion products committed.

An overnight global transition to LED lamps could avoid 801 megatonnes of carbon dioxide emissions, equivalent to displacing 684 coal-fired power plants for a year. With this in mind, CEM Member countries launched the Global Lighting Challenge in 2015 to kickstart this transition. 

The Challenge was designed as a public-private partnership to generate ambitious commitments from national and subnational governments, big and small businesses, retailers, and others to meet its objective.

Since its launch, it has successfully galvanised Minister-level support for advanced lighting, with member countries making major commitments. This includes commitments for nearly one billion LED products in India and five billion products sold domestically in China.

It has also garnered strong endorsements from large multilateral organizations and has been pointed to as a model to emulate for campaigns that wish to galvanise public-private partnerships to mobilize change in energy efficiency.

With its objective exceeded, the Global Lighting Challenge concluded its work this week at the ninth Clean Energy Ministerial in Copenhagen.  

Global Lighting Challenge members

  • Lead CEM members: India, United States
  • Other CEM member participants: Australia, China, Canada, European Commission, France, Germany, Indonesia, Korea, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, Sweden, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom.
  • Non-CEM member participants: Switzerland
  • Operating agent: CLASP

What is the CEM?

The Clean Energy Ministerial is a partnership of the world’s key economies working together to advance the deployment of clean energy. Together, they account for approximately 90% of the world’s clean energy investments and 75% of global emissions. The CEM combines an annual high-level Ministerial meeting with year-round technical work through action-driven, transformative clean energy initiatives and campaigns, led by governments and supported through strong partnerships with the private sector, international organizations, and other stakeholders. To find out more, visit: .