The transition to efficient lighting in the Middle East and North Africa, Draft prepared by Prof. Ibrahim Abdel Gelil, Sept 2011

On 30 September 2011, government representatives from 16 countries from the Middle East and North Africa voiced their support for the phase-out of incandescent light bulbs. Such a move could save the region an estimated US$3 billion a year in energy costs. Participants at the UNEP/GEF en.lighten regional workshop agreed that the phase-out of incandescent lamps is one of the easiest ways to reduce CO2 emissions and achieve significant energy and financial savings. All governments support an integrated transition to efficient lighting which includes policies and procedures to address all aspects of replacement products and practices, including sound disposal and recycling.

The report provides case studies of four major electricity-consuming countries (Egypt, Iran, Turkey and Saudi Arabia) as well as Lebanon, Morocco and Tunisia, who have a very aggressive current program to promote CFLs.

Full draft report (50 pages): download here.

The final report will be developed end of 2011, based on the comments and contributions from countries and organisations.

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