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Lighting the World with 10 Billion LED Bulbs

Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Lighting the World with 10 Billion LED Bulbs

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.

Governments working together to save energy

Monday, December 12, 2016
Governments working together to save energy

Tracey Crowe, CEM Secretariat

A collaborative approach is absolutely critical to realizing the ambitious and comprehensive agreement reached at COP21 in Paris last year. With the energy sector worldwide representing two-thirds of global greenhouse gas emissions, it is clear that one of the most essential solutions to climate change is a global transformation to clean energy. As clean energy, and energy efficiency in particular, plays a critical role in addressing climate change, so does the Clean Energy Ministerial — the CEM. 

COP22 Side Event: The Strong Potential of LED Lighting in Africa

Wednesday, November 30, 2016
COP22 Side Event: The Strong Potential of LED Lighting in Africa

At the COP22 climate conference in Marrakech, Morocco, the United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP’s) United for Efficiency (U4E) effort collaborated with the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) to organize a 16 November side event: “Energy-Efficient Lighting for Africa and Beyond.” The event raised awareness about the savings possible from light-emitting diodes (LED lighting) in Africa and announced a new partnership between U4E and Energy Efficiency Services Limited of India. During the event, the CEM invited African participants to join its Global Lighting Challenge.

Ministers Feature Clean Energy Ministerial as Implementation Forum at COP22

Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Ministers Feature Clean Energy Ministerial as Implementation Forum at COP22

Ministers and other leaders announce new efforts to help countries achieve clean energy goals

Several events at the 22nd United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP22) highlighted the value and impact of the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) as a global platform to help countries implement their clean energy goals and achieve their nationally determined contributions (NDCs). CEM initiatives and campaigns were featured and new efforts announced to accelerate clean energy deployment that will help achieve the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement while boosting economies and increasing energy security.

Global Lighting Challenge Announces 8 Billion LED Lights Pledged Toward 10 Billion Goal at CEM7

Thursday, June 02, 2016
Global Lighting Challenge Announces 8 Billion LED Lights Pledged Toward 10 Billion Goal at CEM7

At the Seventh Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM7), Nils Vikmång, State Secretary from Ministry of the Environment and Energy in Sweden, and Bill Bien, Head of Strategy of Philips Lighting, announced that the Clean Energy Ministerial’s (CEM) Global Lighting Challenge has more than eight billion LED lighting products pledged toward the 10 billion goal, and more than 100 million deployed around the world. 

Sweden Challenges Other Countries to Join the Global Lighting Challenge

Thursday, May 05, 2016
Sweden Challenges Other Countries to Join the Global Lighting Challenge

On 3 May, Minister Ibrahim Baylan launched Belysningsutmaningen, Sweden’s commitment to the Global Lighting Challenge. Together with public and private actors, the Swedish government now races to reduce by half the electricity demand for lighting by 2020 and challenges other countries to follow suit.

Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall: Bay Area Gathering Will Boost Clean Energy Effort

Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall: Bay Area Gathering Will Boost Clean Energy Effort

San Francisco, California, will host the seventh Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM7) in June — the first major gathering of energy ministers from key nations after the signing of the Paris Agreement on climate change. California has proven to be one of the world's leading incubators for public–private collaboration and innovation-driven growth.

APEC Energy Working Group Endorses Global Lighting Challenge

Friday, April 15, 2016
APEC Energy Working Group Endorses Global Lighting Challenge

The Asia–Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Energy Working Group (EWG) recently endorsed the Clean Energy Ministerial’s Global Lighting Challenge (GLC), a campaign to accelerate the transition to highly energy-efficient lighting. 

The Clean Energy Ministerial Highlighted at COP21

Thursday, December 17, 2015
The Clean Energy Ministerial Highlighted at COP21

The 21st United Nations climate conference (COP21) in Paris brought the world together in an effort to tackle climate change and set the world on a low-carbon pathway. With a successful outcome and a historic agreement reached, the focus now shifts to the “road from Paris.” One of the most crucial solutions to climate change is a global transition to clean energy, making the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) more important and more relevant than ever. Several events at COP21 featured the role of the CEM as an implementation forum and highlighted results from CEM initiatives. New CEM campaigns were also launched to raise the visibility and direct much-needed resources to targeted areas that have particular potential for impact.

CEM Global Lighting Challenge Launched at COP21 to Deploy 10 Billion LED Bulbs

Monday, December 07, 2015
CEM Global Lighting Challenge Launched at COP21 to Deploy 10 Billion LED Bulbs

Clean Energy Ministerial countries and global corporations collaborate to advance efficient lighting

The Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) today announced the formal launch of the Global Lighting Challenge (GLC)—a race to deploy 10 billion high-efficiency, high-quality, and affordable lighting products (such as LED bulbs) as quickly as possible. An overnight global transition to highly efficient lighting could avoid more than 800 million metric tons of CO2 emissions. The GLC was announced by Sweden’s Minister of Energy Ibrahim Baylan, along with Ikea’s Chief Sustainability Officer Steve Howard and other CEM partners, during an event at the COP21 climate negotiations. Initial commitments to the GLC were also announced.
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