Global Lighting challenge

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The Global Lighting Challenge was a dedicated campaign of the CEM – a race to reach cumulative global sales of 10 billion high-efficiency, high-quality, and affordable advanced lighting products, such as light-emitting diode (LED) lamps, as quickly as possible. The campaign was resounding success, surpassing 10 billion with a commitment of 14 billion energy saving lighting products.

This Campaign concluded at the Ninth Clean Energy Ministerial in Copenhagen, Denmark.



If the entire world switches to highly efficient LED lighting, we could avoid 801 million tonnes (Mt) of CO2 – equivalent to displacing 684 coal-fired power plants around the world. Highly efficient LED lighting optimizes power from smaller and less expensive off-grid energy systems as well, putting enhanced energy services in reach for more off-grid households around the world. The Global Lighting Challenge builds off work in the CEM’s Super-efficient Equipment and Appliance Deployment (SEAD) initiative and the Global Lighting and Energy Access Partnership (Global LEAP).

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.


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Given that lighting accounts for 15% of global electricity consumption and 5% of global greenhouse gas emissions (more than double the emissions of global air travel), accelerating the transition to energy-efficient lighting could be one of the most significant short-term initiatives to improve economic and climate conditions. By 2030, the work of initiatives like the GLC is projected to deploy 50% more lighting globally while consuming 50% less energy compared to today. More than just a statistic, we think of these efforts as a socioeconomic imperative—an improvement for humanity and our plant rooted in the innovation and collaboration spurred by efficient lighting. Join the GLC to help all of us get there faster.

The GLC provides a high-profile global platform to recognize public- and private sector leaders driving the global transition to efficient lighting. Energy ministers, CEOs, mayors, funders and others announcing major commitments to the Challenge and/or achieving exceptional energy savings will be invited to participate in high-profile international events including COP21 climate negotiations in Paris and the CEM7 meeting in San Francisco.

Campaign actions

The Global Lighting Challenge is promoting existing sets of high-efficiency and high-quality specifications to be used as lighting product procurement guides. Commitments to the Global Lighting Challenge are encouraged to be aligned with these specifications. The specifications provided through the Global Lighting Challenge will include multiple tiers to provide flexibility for alignment. Commitments are encouraged to be made in reference to the specification tiers provided and this comparison will be highlighted on the commitment webpage. The tiers will align with the 4E Solid State Lighting Annex’s voluntary product performance specifications and include input from other organizations that have identified performance criteria such as the DesignLights Consortium.