How to deliver quality LED street lighting: Asia Clean Energy Forum

20 June 2014

NEW DELHI: Today The Climate Group's Jarnail Singh presented our work with Philips on accelerating wide-scale adoption of LED street lighting in cities, to a high-level audience at the Asia Clean Energy Forum in Manila. 

Jarnail Singh, India Program Manager, The Climate Group presented Towards a Low-Carbon Future: Global Collaboration between The Climate Group, Cities, and Philips to Accelerate Adoption of LED Street Lighting, during the session 'International Collaboration on Energy Technology Development and Deployment – Case Studies and Best Practices', at the Asia Clean Energy Forum in Manila, Philippines. 

The Program Manager began by explaining that lighting accounts for around 19% of global electricity use, and that up to 80% cost savings as well as GHG reductions could be achieved simply by switching these lights to low carbon LED lighting.

But Jarnail was quick to point out that some stifling barriers remain before the majority of big cities and regions in Asia and beyond can adopt LEDs.

Building on The Climate Group's call at Rio+20 in 2012 for all public lighting to be LED (or as efficient as LED lighting) by 2020, as well as the successful pilots of LED lighting systems we installed 12 cities across the globe, The Climate Group, supported by Philips, is now carrying out a global joint-consultation process in 2014 to assist cities in accelerating large-scale LED adoption.

This consultation process, in partnership with municipal governments, energy efficiency project developers, funders and other stakeholders, aims to identify and address remaining adoption barriers for cities.

Jarnail outlined how the consultation process will focus on practical solutions and specific geographic challenges, which can be tailored to enable and accelerate scale-up of energy efficient street lighting specifically in Asia.

He stressed that wide-scale adoption of LED lighting should be characterized by quality systems and lighting performance in line with international standards, to ensure lighting procured or installed performs well over its intended lifetime. Performance depends on achieving the targeted energy savings and reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.

At the end of the whole consultation process, Jarnail explained that a procurement guide will be issued to assist governments and funders, such as Asian Development Bank, to design, procure and implement quality street lighting systems to deliver the required lighting performance.

Case studies on working with municipal governments to define well-designed and financially sustainable LED street lighting projects will be shared as part of the process, together with a practitioner’s viewpoint on such activities both at a policy and project level.

Reiterating the need for Asia to secure finance and policy support for clean energy adoption, commenting on the importance of the Asia Clean Energy Forum yesterday Krishnan Pallassana, Executive Director of The Climate Group India, said: “More than 600 million people in the Asia Pacific region lack access to modern energy services, and the ninth Asia Clean Energy Forum reiterated the need for increased focus on financing, policy and institutional support that are required to propel clean energy market and reach the heights it deserves. It is clear the technology is available, money is available and market is available."

See Jarnail Singh's presentation

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