US Energy Secy takes initiatives to encourage adoption of LED bulbs


( Resource: BizLED Bureau)

Last week world leaders assembled in Paris for the 21st UN climate conference COP21. Several solutions were suggested by them to reduce carbon emissions. Speaking at the meeting, US Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz highlighted several solutions to reduce carbon emissions, including encouraging the adoption of LED bulbs worldwide. He also proposed launching a Climate Energy Ministerial initiative for the same.

Under the Global Lighting Challenge, their Climate Energy Ministerial initiative will set a target to reach global sales of 10 billion high efficiency lighting products including LEDs. According to Moinz projection, the global initiative could cut CO2 emissions equivalent to emissions by nearly 250 coal-fired power plants.

The Department of Energy (DOE) also increased its investments in green energy R&D solutions. Among the 41 cutting-edge energy technologies awarded by DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), one of the listed projects was The University of California, Santa Barbara low cost laser-based, solid-state lighting module that received a grant of $2.37 million. This project aims to solve LED’s light downgrading issue by replacing it with more efficient and powerful lasers that could improve energy efficiency two fold, and cut costs by about 20 times compared to current LED technology.

In both cases,  the DOE’s strategies highlight the importance of efficient lighting in combating carbon emissions, and reducing the impact of climate change.

Photo caption : Dr Ernest Moniz – Secretary of Energy, USA.