The Climate Group partners with Global Lighting Challenge to install 10 billion LEDs

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7 December 2015

PARIS:The Climate Group announced its partnership with the Global Lighting Challenge at COP21 in Paris today, an initiative launched by the Clean Energy Ministerial(CEM) to promote energy efficient lighting.

The Challenge aims to promote all forms of energy efficient lighting by installing 10 billion high-efficiency, high-quality and affordable advanced lighting products such as light-emitting diodes (LEDs) around the world.

Everyone is welcome to join the lighting challenge: national and sub-national governments to promote supporting policies, standards and drive regional adoption; cities and companies to adopt more energy efficient lighting solutions; and lighting retailers and manufacturers pledging to standardize and sell high-efficiency, high-quality LED lighting products.

Commitments made by participants will be reviewed on a yearly basis and best practice will be showcased on the Challenge platform.

As well as The Climate Group, other partners include leading energy-efficient lighting initiatives such as the UNEP en.lighten program, 4E Solid State Lighting Annex, and the International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation (IPEEC).

Ahead of the launch, the Challenge has been endorsed by a growing coalition of CEM governments including France, Australia, China, Germany, India, South Africa, Mexico, Russia, the UK, the US as well as the Director General for Energy of the European Commission.

The Climate Group has long recognized the staggering potential of LED street lighting to deliver  energy savings. Recent estimates reveal that a global transition to highly efficient LED lamps could avoid 801 Mt of CO2 emissions, equivalent to displacing nearly 684 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 could save an additional $25 to $33 billion in fuel costs alone.

Our global city LED street lighting trials and consultation events have revealed that the majority of cities want to upgrade to energy efficient LED lighting, and that the key technological barriers have now been overcome.  

To help accelerate global roll out of energy efficient street lighting, at Climate Week NYC The Climate Group called for every city and utility around the world to seek to switch to LED lights (or as energy efficient) by 2025 with the launch of a new campaign ‘LED=Lower Emissions Delivered’ which is focussed on direct actions and interventions to drive scale-up and support cities to achieve the 2025 adoption target.

Mark Kenber, CEO, The Climate Group comments on the announcements: "The Climate Group is excited to announce their partnership in the Clean Energy Ministerial’s Global Lighting Challenge. At this key moment, where national leaders from around the world come together in Paris for COP21, there is an urgent need both to reach an agreement to prevent the dangerous consequences of a warming climate, and for global initiatives such as the Challenge to prioritize key solutions that can make such an agreement a practical reality.

"We believe energy efficient LED lighting is one of the easiest solutions to implement and a readily available technology to reduce carbon emissions and achieve a prosperous low carbon future. We are looking forward to contributing to achievement of  the 10 billion LED lighting target and beyond."

As a partner of the Global Lighting Challenge, The Climate Group will help focus attention on the potential for LED city street lighting, bringing our experience achieved from our 8 year-long journey to scale up the low carbon technology.

If you wish to make a commitment and participate in the challenge, please contacts GLC at or visit

This is part of the campaign LED=Lower Emissions Delivered


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