West Africa joins ban on incandescents

West African nations have agreed to phase out inefficient incandescent lamps. Government representatives from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have successfully established a regionally coordinated framework to transition to energy efficient lighting.

Part of the strategy is the complete phase out of incandescent lamps by 2020. By phasing out incandescent lighting, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) says African nations could save a total of 2.4tWh of electricity; enough to power over 1.2 million households. This is estimated to save the region $220 million (€166 million) a year in energy costs.

The Ministry of Energy and Mines of the Republic of Senegal has agreed to sponsor all events of the efficient lighting initiative, at the request of the ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) in order to rally other member states.

‘The achievement of a permanent and sustainable transition to efficient lighting in ECOWAS countries is dependent on the development and implementation of national and regional efficient lighting strategies with an integrated policy approach, which incorporates global best practices,’ said Mahama Kappiah, ECREEE executive director. ‘We are pleased to partner with UNEP's en.lighten initiative in the task of accelerating global market transformation to environmentally sustainable lighting technologies.’