Chad S. Gallinat, U.S. Global Lighting Challenge lead
Lighting accounts for 15 percent of global electricity consumption and 5 percent of worldwide greenhouse gas emissions. At the same time, 1.2 billion people lack access to modern energy services, including reliable lighting. For many, hazardous energy sources such as kerosene are the only option. To address these immense problems, last year at COP21 in Paris, the Clean Energy Ministerial launched the Global Lighting Challenge — a race to deploy 10 billion high-efficiency, high-quality, and affordable lighting products (such as LEDs) as quickly as possible.