Monday, January 9, 2012

The European Commission launches consultation on LED lighting for a massive deployment of this technology

The European Commission adopted a Green Paper on the future of LED lighting and launched a public consultation to identify the conditions for a massive deployment of this technology in Europe.

The LED lighting is a promising technology in terms of design and energy efficiency, since it promises energy savings up to 70% compared to traditional lighting. Thus, across Europe, its deployment could reduce the energy consumed by lighting by 20% by 2020.

But the massive deployment of LED lighting requires overcoming certain obstacles, the cost still too high compared to other types of lighting, lack of technology maturity, ignorance of the effects in terms of quality and safety and the lack of common standards. This is why the European Commission is organizing a consultation until 29 February 2012 to gather views on the following issues:

• What actions would overcome existing obstacles and accelerate the deployment of LED lighting in Europe?

• How to ensure the presence in the market for LED luminaires that are of good quality, safe and consistent with consumer expectations?

• How to strengthen the cooperation of the lighting industry with architects, lighting designers, installers and electrical systems in construction and building?

• How EU could act to support entrepreneurship and competitiveness in the lighting industry?

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